Chris Gerard, Author at Apple Health and Wellness

Apple a Day Blog

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18/Dec/2018

Did you wake up with a scratchy throat?

Maybe you’ve just starting coughing or feel extremely tired for no reason?

Are your kids or people from work getting sick around you?

Well, it’s cold and flu season, which means you might want know the difference between cold and flu symptoms, along with what your treatment options might be. Here are the symptoms, treatment options, and prevention plan for both illnesses:

Symptoms

As the common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, their symptoms are very similar, which can make distinguishing between them very difficult without seeing a medical professional. 

  • Cold: On average, cold symptoms are far milder than flu symptoms. You will develop symptoms gradually and will likely involve a runny or stuffy nose, but will rarely run a fever or suffer from more serious conditions. Other symptoms include a sore throat, sneezing, cold, mild tiredness, and headaches. Colds do not usually result in further complications and will resolve themselves in a few days.  
  • Flu: In general, flu symptoms are more severe and last longer than the common cold. Usually, you will have a fever, cough, sore throat, running nose, body or muscle aches, intense fatigue, headaches, and chills. Unlike a cold, the symptoms come on quickly and can last up to a week or more, though most people start feeling better after two to five days. Severe tiredness can last up to two weeks. It’s important to seek out a help from a medical professional with a flu because this illness can have serious associated complications, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, or ear infections.

Treatment Options

If you think you have the flu instead of a cold, it is essential to get to a medical professional early for testing! The first 24 hours from the onset of flu symptoms is crucial for diagnosis and treatment, as catching it early could significantly shorten the time you are feeling poorly. While you don’t need to seek out medical help for a cold, it is just as important to start treating your cold early as this might shorten the length of the illness. If your cold hasn’t resolved itself in 7-10 days, you should see a doctor. Because the common cold and flu are viral infections, antibiotics are not effective in treating either illness. Here are a few treatment options:

  • Cold: The best treatment option for a cold is getting plenty of rest, lots of fluids, and taking decongestants, pain relievers, or fever reducer medicines. Some people find relief from natural treatment options like vitamin C, zinc, and saline rinses. Hot honey or lemon tea are great for sore throats, while cough drops can help relive cough and throat irritation.
  • Flu: Like having a cold, fluids, rest, and the previously mentioned natural remedies are the best treatment options, along with decongestants, pain relievers or fever reducers. Sometimes, you may be given prescription antiviral drugs in certain cases, but these must be taken within the first 48 hours to work. Talk with a medical professional for more information about treatment options.

Prevention

To avoid catching the common cold or flu this year, practice good hygiene and avoid being around others who are sick. It’s also best to prevent the flu by getting a flu shot, which not only benefits you, but will protect vulnerable populations around you, such as young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Other prevention options include adopting healthy lifestyle habits by getting plenty of sleep having a well-balanced diet, managing stress, and exercising.

If you or a loved one is sick with the cold or flu, remember to frequently clean any surfaces you or they touch, which include door knobs, the refrigerator door, remote controls, and toilet handles. This will keep the illnesses from spreading to others or giving it back to yourself once you are better!

Take Action

Feel like you’re developing a cold or the flu? Make sure to call Apple Wellness Group at (865) 769-9685 to schedule an appointment today.  Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information.

 


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18/Dec/2018

Feeling a little sniffly? Is your throat getting sore? Maybe you’re just feeling generally fatigued and unwell? Cold and flu season is about to hit in full force next month and you probably don’t want the flu or a common cold keep you from work, school, or enjoying the busy holiday months.

So what can you do to keep yourself from getting sick?

Have you ever heard the phrase “boost your immune system?” While your immune system is too complex to “boost” it with one activity or food alone, there are a few steps you can take to keep yourself going strong all winter long. Here are four quick tips to keep feeling your best:

1. Add a few more fruits and vegetables to your diet

For most, winter weather means cozy nights curled up on the couch with hot chocolate, lots of seasonal desserts, and fat-filled comfort foods, but you need to be careful what you’re eating if you want to keep your immune system operating well during this time. While a little indulgence is unlikely to hurt your immune system, poor nutrition can negatively impact your body’s health in more ways than one.

With this in mind, try incorporating a few immune system booster foods to your diet, which include plenty of vegetables, nuts, fruits, garlic, and seeds. Some of your options might include lemons, broccoli, red bell peppers, spinach, almonds, and oranges. Feel free to swap out the occasional hot cocoa for green or lemon-ginger tea, as well.

2. Go to bed a little earlier

Sleep is essential to keeping your immune system operating properly, so it might be time to turn off the phone or put down the remote control and get to bed a little earlier each night than you normally would. As the sun sets in the early evening and the temperature continues to drop, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night might not be too difficult.

If you’re having trouble nodding off, try making a caffeine-free herbal tea and listening to a meditation app before crawling into bed. Also, make sure you don’t use any electronic devices, as the blue light emitting from your smartphone wakes up your body and may keep you from getting your recommended zzz’s.

3. Get Zen

Long-term stress can cause serious harm to your body and increase the hormone cortisol, which can suppress your body’s immune system. Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but if you are chronically stressed, especially during the winter months, you can become more vulnerable to illnesses, such as the cold and flu. Chronic stress has also been linked to diabetes and heart disease, making it imperative for you to find ways to de-stress.

So specifically how can you de-stress to help out your immune system? Try mediating, investing in your favorite hobbies, staying positive, and finding time to invest in a little “self care.” Your self care might look like a nice bubble bath after a long day or listening to a good album while taking a light walk.

4. Don’t forget that gym membership

It’s easy when the weather gets chilly to not spend as much time working out as you do during summer months, but if you want to keep your immune system in tip-top shape during flu season, you have to get back on the treadmill or weight machine. Not only will regular exercise keep your body healthy, but when you exercise, you body releases endorphins, which will melt away the stress that may be lowering your immune system as well! That’s a definite win-win.

If You’re Already Feeling Under the Weather

Don’t risk missing work or school this winter season because you’re not taking care of your immune system! If you do feel under the weather, make sure to call Apple Wellness Group at (865) 769-9685 to schedule an appointment today.  Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information.

 

 


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18/Dec/2018

Do you sometimes have abdominal pain, bloating, or feel dizzy after eating ?

Maybe you feel a slight tingling in your mouth or throat?

Perhaps you just “feel bad” and aren’t sure why.

It might be time to get tested for food allergies or sensitivities.

You don’t have to resign yourself to feeling bad all the time. You want a high quality of life that you won’t be able to fully attain until you know what foods may be causing your symptoms.

What is the Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test?

It is vitally important to understand how you react to certain foods. The Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test indicates which foods are causing the most response within your immune system. Foods that show a moderate or high reaction on the test should be reduced or completely removed from your daily diet, at least for a period of time (usually six months is a good starting point).

What does the test Measure?

The test measures IgE (Immunoglobulin E ), IgG(Immunoglobulin G), IgG4(Immunoglobulin G4) , and complement activation for multiple foods.

Most food allergy test only check IgE, which can miss delayed allergic reactions and food sensitivities that do not rise to the level of a true “allergy.”

The immune system is like a pie with many pieces. IgE is only one piece of the pie. The Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test checks the pieces of the pie that cause food allergies AND sensitivities. IgG, IgG4 and complement activation can produce delayed reactions to food.

It may take up to 72 hours after exposure before having a reaction to the offending food. Reactions to low-grade food allergies and sensitivities are  not the stereotypical rash or closing of the throat, but can still be very debilitating and unpleasant. Food sensitivity symptoms can include things like fatigue, headache, stomach ache, gas/bloating, change in bowel pattern, etc.

Why is This Test the Best?

The Dietary Antigen and Environmental Allergen Exposure Profiles measures 88 foods to check for sensitivities and allergies (far more than the “Big 8” of milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

Not sure about if you should test for food allergies or sensitivities? Still unsure what the Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test is or how it is more effective than some other food allergy or sensitivity tests? Talk to someone at Apple Wellness Group right away!

It’s time to find relief from your food allergies and sensitivities!

Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.

 

 


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18/Dec/2018

If you have just been diagnosed with a food allergy or sensitivity, you may be experiencing conflicting emotions. On one hand, you might be relieved that you finally know what has been causing you pain or discomfort while eating. Meanwhile, you might also feel overwhelmed about how to readjust the way you shop, cook, dine out, and live your daily life.

One important fact to keep in mind is that your diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of eating out or consuming some of your favorite foods. What it does mean, is that you must be more careful about what you are putting into your body and how you cook in your own home. You might even need to find alternative recipes to some of your go-to, home-cooked meals.

With this in mind, there are plenty of online food blogs and recipes for people with various food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary preferences. If you want to find new and innovative ways to make your favorite dishes without any of foods that are causing you discomfort or serious health problems, you might consider seeking out some of these websites. Before you begin this new journey, however, here are a few tips about how to shop, cook, and dine out with care:

1. Being Careful When Shopping

You must be extremely diligent when shopping for groceries in light of your new diagnosis, which means you need to get savvy about reading food labels. Many food products today must clearly display relevant allergy information, such as if their products contain milk proteins, wheat, or nuts, though they don’t have to advertise if other less common allergens are included.

Even if you are fairly positive that something doesn’t contain the food or foods you are trying to avoid, check the label anyways! You never know if the item is produced in a facility where there may be cross contamination or if the manufacturer recently changed up their ingredient list. Consider shopping more local at farmer’s markets or at a health food chain that may have more, less processed options for you.

2. Being Careful When Cooking

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious food allergy, it might be a good idea to go through your entire kitchen and pantry, getting rid of potentially problematic condiments, spices, and more that you can no longer consume. Additionally, you might want to deep clean all your cooking and eating utensils to avoid further contamination.

Meanwhile, if no one else in your household is suffering from the same or similar food allergies or sensitivities and you want them to be able to eat these food items, you must be diligent about avoiding any cross contamination, whether in the cooking or eating process. Make sure all dishes and utensils are thoroughly washed after each use.

3. Being Careful While Dining Out

Your diagnosis doesn’t mean you can never eat out again. However, some restaurants and dishes might now be off limits for various reasons. Though many chain restaurants already include information about common food allergens on their websites or menus, not all restaurants advertise about less common allergies, which is why it is always best to let your server or the chef know about your food allergies or sensitivities before you order.

Most restaurants are happy to accommodate your dietary needs and inform you about any potential for cross contamination in the cooking process. If a restaurant is being difficult about accommodating your needs or the menu isn’t easily adjusted, you might consider going to other restaurants that won’t be as much as a risk to your health and general well being. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in most cities for you! Keep a positive attitude and use this as an opportunity to explore new recipes, cuisines, restaurants, and more.

Learn More

To learn more about common or uncommon food allergies, check out our blog this month, as we will cover everything from common allergens to how we take care of our patients with the Dunwoody Test.  

Find relief from your food allergies and sensitivities today! Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.

 


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18/Dec/2018

Does your throat feel itchy when you eat certain foods? Maybe you avoid eating milk products or bread because they hurt your stomach? Possibly, you aren’t sure what is causing you to feel so badly after you eat?

You might be suffering from a food allergy and should consider getting tested to improve your quality of life and avoid suffering from a bad allergic reaction in the future. To know what to test for, here are a few common and uncommon food allergens you should know about.

Common Food Allergens

Did you know that only eight allergens are responsible for around 90 percent of all food allergic reactions? In 2004, The Food and Drug Administration passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to require food manufacturers to label their packaging to let consumers know if their products contained one of these eight foods.

Known as the “Big Eight,” these common food allergens are:

  • tree nuts
  • milk
  • eggs
  • soy
  • wheat
  • shellfish
  • peanuts
  • soybeans.

Despite their prevalence, some of these allergens do go away with time, as 68 percent of children with egg sensitivities and 70 percent with soy allergies outgrow them by the time they reach adulthood. Even so, it’s important to get tested for the “Big Eight” as an adult to avoid encountering potentially dangerous allergic reactions.

Uncommon Food Allergens   

Unlike the previously mentioned “Big Eight,” there are plenty of other less-common, yet still problematic food allergens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 160 foods have been known to cause some allergic reactions, which is why it is important to get tested and be aware of how you feel after you eat certain items. Some of the stranger, more uncommon food allergies include:

Avocados, Bananas, and Kiwis
The American Latex Allergy Association has found that up to 50 to 70 percent of individuals with a latex allergy also have sensitivities or allergic reactions to certain fruits, which include avocados, bananas, kiwi, and more. While this cross-reactivity isn’t a guarantee, it would be wise to get tested for these foods if you already suffer from a latex allergy.

Red Meat

Though relatively rare, this allergy is usually related to beef, lamb, pork, and goat products. Some experts believe this allergy is closely related to a ticket bite from the Lone Star tick, which is found in the Southeast. Many people who develop an allergy to one type of meat, develop an allergy for other meats, as well.

Sesame Seeds
Much like the nut allergy, people who are allergy to sesame seeds have very severe reactions, yet only around 0.1 percent of the population suffers from this condition. The problem is, however, that it can be difficult to spot these seeds in your food and many dishes involve cooking with sesame oil, which can result in the same or similar allergic reaction.

Citrus
This allergy may relate to any citrus fruit ranging from oranges to lemons to grapefruits. Many experts believe there is also cross-reactivity between these fruits, meaning that, if you are allergic to one, it is highly likely that you are allergic to another citrus fruit.


Additionally, it is also important to be aware of a few “hidden triggers” for certain processed foods. For example, some packaged hot dogs contain milk proteins, salad dressings are made with soybean oil, and water-packed tuna may have added milk products. Always closely read food labels if you know or suspect you may have a food allergy.

Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.

 

 

 


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18/Dec/2018

Getting frequent migraines after eating? Feeling bloated all the time, even though you are trying to eat “healthier”? Does your throat get tingly after consuming certain foods? You might be suffering from a food sensitivity or allergy and now is the time to get tested.

Why should you get tested? There are plenty of reasons, but first, you must know some of the common symptoms and differences between these two medical conditions.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms or signs of food allergies include swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat; tingling or itching of the mouth; breaking out in hives; severe abdominal pain and vomiting; getting dizzy or fainting; and wheezing or having trouble breezing. For some people, certain foods may trigger a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which can lead to life-threatening symptoms, such as restriction of the airways, rapid pulse, and loss of consciousness.

Meanwhile, the most common symptoms of a food sensitivity include bloating, headaches, migraines, coughing, stomach aches, irritable bowels, hives, runny noses, and generally just feeling “not right.” Some of the most common types of intolerances include gluten, caffeine, wheat, lactose, histamine, and additives. It’s important to know the difference between the two conditions.

Differences Between Food Allergies and Sensitivities

While physical reactions to certain foods are common, the vast majority are caused by food sensitivities, rather than food allergies. You might know a few people who are seriously allergic to nuts or seafood, but if you are suffering from some of the symptoms listed above, it’s far more likely that you are suffering from a food sensitivity or intolerance.

As both conditions lead to many of the same symptoms and signs, people often confuse the two. However, true food allergies can be severe or even life threatening, and cause an immune system reaction that affects many organs in the body. In contrast, food sensitivities do not affect the immune system and usually cause digestive issues.

If you are dealing with a food sensitivity, you may be able to eat small portions of the foods that cause you trouble and even be able to prevent a reaction by taking certain pills, such as lactase enzyme pills for individuals with a lactose sensitivity. Food sensitivity symptoms usually take longer to appear, appearing up to 48 hours after ingestion, compared to food allergies, which usually occur immediately after eating or exposure.

There is no prevention strategy for food allergies and sensitivities – only avoidance. However, if you are suffering from some of the aforementioned symptoms but aren’t sure about the root of the problem, there are steps you can take to find relief.  

First, you might consider keeping a food journal to take notes about how you feel when you eat certain foods. Next, if you notice that you have an onset of symptoms when you eat select foods, you might be dealing with an allergy or intolerance and should seek out professional medical help.

Why Should you Get Tested?

You don’t have to live with feeling bad a lot of the time, which is why it’s important to get tested for food sensitivities and allergies. You deserve a high quality of life and cannot achieve this until you have narrowed down what foods are causing you to develop certain symptoms or serious medical issues.

Meanwhile, if you have suffered an anaphylaxis episode due to a food allergy, you must get tested to avoid encountering another life-threatening situation. Schedule an appointment with you medical provider today and significantly limit your food intake to foods you know do not cause any reaction.

To learn more about how we diagnosis and treat food allergies and sensitivities, tune into our blog this month, as we will cover everything from common allergens to how we take care of our patients with the Dunwoody Test. 

Find relief from your food allergies and sensitivities today! Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.

 

 


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18/Dec/2018

What is HA Therapy?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) therapy, also known as viscosupplementation, is a regenerative and preventative focused treatment plan for individuals suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and/or ankle.

Who Can Benefit from HA Therapy

You may be eligible for this procedure if you have have exhausted standard treatment options, such as weight control, steroid injections, and medication, and want to avoid invasive surgical procedures.

Osteoarthritis is a “drying” problem of the joints, and hyaluronic acid therapy “replenish the oil” in the knee or ankle to teach your body’s fluid-producing cells how to start producing new cells again.

According to a study of 182,000 people during the time leading up to their total knee replacement procedures (TKR) with and without HA therapy, the patients that had HA therapy averaged 17 months until a TKR, rather than 8.5 months for a patient who did not have HA therapy. The study also found that with subsequent injections, this delay to surgery increased even more.

Our Approach to HA Therapy

At Apple Healthcare Group, our HA treatment plan involves a four-pronged approach that includes: (1) evaluation and proper diagnosis, (2) Supartz injection, (3) physical/exercise therapy, and (4) specialized bracing (if needed).

Step 1: Evaluation and Proper Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis involves the degeneration of joints and surrounding tissue area, you may be experiencing symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and decreased movement.. If you have been suffering from this condition for a while, you have probably tried many of the standard treatments options available, but still are not finding relief.

When you come to Apple Healthcare Group, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition and recommend a proper diagnosis based on your immediate and long-term needs. One of these options may be HA therapy if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Other regenerative focused treatment options include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or stem cell therapy.

Step 2: Supartz Injection

Not all viscosupplementation injection options are created equal. Supartz is a pure, natural form of hyaluronic acid and is not considered a medical drug. It is the most effective of all viscosupplements due to its long lasting patient results. When injected, this acid cushions and lubricates your joints and has very few side effects and interactions. 

For the injection, our medical specialists are guided by fluoroscopy to maintain the highest degree of accuracy for the injection location. According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, imaging strategies like this are 99 percent accurate versus non-imaging techniques that are only 75 percent accurate. For this reason, at Apple Healthcare group, we never guess, we always see before we start the procedure.

Step 3: Physical/Exercise Therapy

Some patients will experience additional improvements from physical or exercise therapy in addition to their HA injections. This treatment plan will involve a series of stretches, exercises, and challenges that will help lessen stiffness and pain in the knee or ankle area. Our skilled physical therapy team will strive to help you boost your optimal health goals in addition to the HA therapy you are already receiving.

Step 4: Specialized Bracing

Depending on your needs, we may recommend specialized bracing to maximize your potential of finding lasting relief. This bracing technique will reduce pressure throughout your knee, align it, and hopefully restore strength to the area. 

Our braces are considered “Durable Medical Equipment” (DME), and are able to be fitted to your unique needs. They are also longer-lasting and of higher-quality than off-the-shelf braces that you can buy in retail stores.

Think HA therapy might be right for you? Want to learn more? Schedule an evaluation today, by calling us at(865) 769-9685. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information during Regenerative Medicine Month.


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18/Dec/2018

Suffering from chronic pain in your joints, muscles, tendons, lower back, or neck? Severely strained or pulled a muscle due to improper or overuse? While mild to moderate strains and minor aches and pains can be treated at home, more severe injuries and conditions require additional medical attention.

Whether you’re suffering from Achilles tendinitis or the negative results of numerous high-impact exercise routines, your pain may significantly limit your movement and affect your daily life. Though the body typically works hard to heal itself after tissue damage, the process can be lengthy and not heal properly. For example, your damaged tissue may not be replaced correctly, which could lead to chronic pain and muscle or joint weakness.

If you’re continually suffering from soreness, muscle spasms, swelling, stiffness, or experiencing a limited range of movement due to a muscle or joint injury, it might be time to seek out prolotherapy to find long-lasting relief.

What Is Prolotherapy?

Many patients seeking out non-surgical options for their musculoskeletal pain turn to a regenerative treatment plan, prolotherapy, for pain management. Also referred to as proliferative therapy, prolotherapy helps treat a range of chronic and serious conditions, such as injuries to the tendons, joints, or muscles and chronic elbow or lower back issues.

When to See Us

For moderate strains or minor pain, you should be able to find relief from a variety of home treatment options. Meanwhile, if you are dealing with a serious injury or chronic condition, now is the time to seek out help from a medical professional.

Don’t wait until you can’t move your arms or legs, or are in unbelievable pain to seek out treatment options and call Apple Healthcare Group to learn more about prolotherapy today.

How We Treat This Condition

Once we conduct a thorough examination and conclude that prolotherapy is the right treatment plan for your condition, a skilled medical doctor will use a long, thin needle to inject a solution to several points around your target pain area. This solution usually contains a local anesthetic and a concentration of dextrose. The precise dosage will depend on the affected region of the body and severity of the condition.

When injected, the solution will intentionally cause irritation, which will force your body to reset and restart the healing process through an increase of the blood supply and stimulation of tissue growth. To ensure patient safety and procedural accuracy, your doctor will perform the injection with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance. Most appointments take around 30 minutes, and many patients are able to resume their normal level of activity very soon after the procedure.

How Soon Will You Experience Relief?

As a result of this treatment, your joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments should be strengthened and stabilized, leading to a reduction in the severity of your pain. It is a safe and ideal option for anyone dealing with chronic or severe pain and looking for a way to avoid invasive surgery.

While some patients start feeling better soon after the treatment, others return for several sessions over the course of three to six months. Other patients combine prolotherapy with physical or occupational therapy to find additional relief.

Call Us Today

Need relief from your muscle, joint, or tendon injury? Tired of suffering from chronic pain in your neck, back, or elbow? Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information during Regenerative Medicine Month.

 


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18/Dec/2018

Are you experiencing intense pain from Osteoarthritis (OA) in your knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, or shoulders? Maybe your joints are feeling more stiff and tender, making it difficult to get around?

While OA isn’t curable, you can turn to stem cell and regenerative therapy to find relief. Apple Healthcare Group is one of a growing number of clinics across the country to offer this breakthrough treatment method for people suffering from OA.

So how do stem cells provide relief from your OA? Well, as stem cells are the building blocks of the body, your body has been healing itself with stem cells for your entire life. Most of the time, you can rely on these cells to see you through the healing process. The process becomes more complicated as we age, which is why stem cell and regenerative therapy is so revolutionary.

Symptoms

As mentioned previously, OA is a generative form of arthritis that involves degradation of the joints that may include the subchondral bone and articular cartilage. Anytime bone surfaces become less cushioned and protected by cartilage, the bone becomes exposed and more prone to damage.

Common symptoms include joint pain, locking, stiffness, discomfort, and an effusion. Many people report feeling less mobile as the condition progresses without treatment. If you are experiencing these symptoms with increasing severity, it may be time to seek out additional medical help.

When to See Us

If you are suffering from OA, you should seek out professional help to find some level of relief through a targeted treatment plan. As Apple Healthcare Group is one of the few clinics to offer stem cell and regenerative therapy to patients suffering from OA, we should be first one your list as you are weighing your potential treatment options.

Our regenerative medicine treatment uses mesenchymal growth factors and stem cells from umbilical cord matrix to help the body heal faster, regenerate tissue, and decrease pain allowing us to see better and faster results.

How We Treat Osteoarthritis 

Once you come into the office, your treatment will likely focus on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and an injection of mesenchymal stems cells (MSC) and growth factors. PRP is a concentration of your own platelets with high amounts of healing growth factors. While these treatments may be used independently, we have seen the combination of the two produces better clinical outcomes.

The medical staff will handle the injections guided by fluoroscopy, which is a unique type of medical imaging. Only a few clinics use this method to guide their injections.

For severe cases, some patients elect for a second round of PRP, which will be administered three months after the initial treatment to further increase the chances of positive medical outcomes.

How Soon Will You Experience Relief?

Most patients start feeling significantly better within a month or two after their treatment. However, continued repair and improvement is still common for the first three to six months after the procedure. Some evidence event suggests the treatment promotes rebuilding for up to a year.

Like many other innovative procedures, the results are not entirely guaranteed. With this in mind, this procedure is not for everyone, which is why a thorough evaluation and discussion with your healthcare provider is essential.

 

Call Us Today

Think regenerative medicine therapy might be right for you? To schedule an evaluation today , call us at(865) 769-9685. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information during Regenerative Medicine Month.


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18/Dec/2018

Experiencing long-term pain and sensitivity in one or both of your knees? Struggling to get up or down stairs? Are everyday tasks becoming more difficult to accomplish because of constant pain if your knees?

You’re not alone: Thousands of Americans suffer from chronic knee pain just like you. While age is a major factor leading to knee pain, it is a condition that can affect people of all ages and for a variety of reasons.

Chronic knee problems are different than short-term knee injuries, as the latter condition will go away with treatment and is usually only caused by one accident or injury. Meanwhile, chronic knee pain usually is caused by numerous conditions or illnesses and doesn’t always go away with treatment.

Some of the most common causes of chronic knee pain include osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, meniscus tear, and rheumatoid arthritis. Commonly referred to as “wear-and-tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis in the knee is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S.

Dealing with Knee Pain Caused by Osteoarthritis

Chronic knee pain affects everyone differently. However, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis or a similar condition, you likely are experiencing stiffness, swelling, shooting pain, dull burning, and the decreased ability to move. Other symptoms may include popping or crunching noises, inability to straighten the knee, weakness, and redness and warmth to the touch.

As there is no cure for arthritis and osteoarthritis occurs when the cushioning between joints wears away, it is important not to avoid the symptoms and seek out medical help before your condition worsens. There might not be a cure, but it is possible to receive some relief from your chronic pain.

While you can take anti-inflammatory drugs, ice your knees, and avoid over exerting your joints to minimize discomfort, you should always seek out professional medical advice when it comes to chronic knee pain. Don’t try to treat this condition at home.

In regards to prevention, it’s important to note that individuals who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk for developing chronic knees problems. To reduce your chances of being affected by this condition, maintain a healthy weight through low-impact exercise and healthy eating.

Other factors that contribute to chronic knee pain include age, previous traumas or injury, and athletic activity. While you cannot avoid natural aging or accidental injuries, be smart about your exercise routine and participate in exercises that promote flexibility and strength building,

When to See Us

Please call your doctor if you suspect you may be developing osteoarthritis and cannot bear weight on your knee, have noticeably knee swelling, cannot extend your leg at the knee, or if your knee feels unstable or unusually weak.

Get serious about find a lasting solution to your knee problems. If you are suffering from chronic knee pain, you cannot experience relief and start to recover until you receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. For this reason, contact a specialist at the Apple Healthcare Group office to set up a knee evaluation today!

Regenerative Treatment Options

If you are in the early stages of arthritis of the knee, your condition will be treated with nonsurgical and noninvasive methods, which may include physical therapy, weight loss, pain relievers, and changes in activity level.  

Another common and highly effective treatment method is viscosupplementation, where a medical professional will inject a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. This acid is naturally occurring in the fluid surrounding your joints, so it will act as a lubricant to allow your bones to move from smoothly and with less pain. Osteoarthritis causes lower levels of hyaluronic acid in the joints, so replacing this fluid may promote more knee mobility and less pain.

Chronic knee pain is not something you should live with! Come see us today to seek relief and improve your quality of life. To make your appointment today, call us at(865) 769-9685. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information during Regenerative Medicine Month.


Western Ave. / I-640

4307 Ball Camp Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: (865) 524-1234
Fax: (865) 524-2169

Monday: 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7am - 11:30am
Thursday: 7am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am
Sunday: Closed

Cedar Bluff

312 Prosperity Drive
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
Fax: (865) 694-8093

Monday: 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 2pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7am - 5:30pm 312 Prosperity Drive
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
Fax: (865) 694-8093

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