5 Things to Ease Pain & Prevent Worsening of an Orthopedic Winter Injury

The colder months can bring an increased risk of orthopedic pain and injury. Below, we describe a few ways to lessen the misery caused by a winter sports injury.

The M.E.A.T Method (Movement, Exercise, Analgesics, Treatment)

The best way to immediately treat a sprained ankle is to move it. Sound crazy?

You have probably heard of the RICE (rest, compression, elevation, compression) method of treating an injury. This is still an appropriate option for more severe injuries that require complete rest to heal properly. But recent research reveals that an even more effective path to treating most orthopedic injuries is the MEAT Method. This stands for movement, exercise, analgesics, and treatment.

Part of the RICE Method emphasizes decreasing movement and limiting inflammation. But inflammation is a normal and necessary part of the healing process. So, while inflammation should kept in check, for a lot of injuries, following the RICE Method goes a bit overboard in limiting inflammation and restricting blood flow.

Hence, the Meat Method. This treatment strategy involves active recovery and not limiting motion after an acute orthopedic injury.

Movement – Sometimes, complete and total rest is necessary. But if not, this method suggests performing gentle movement within your pain tolerance. And beginning this movement ASAP. This loads the healing structure, and these small forces help it to recover correctly.

Exercise – The next step in the MEAT method involves increasing exercise as your pain decreases.

Analgesics – The term ‘analgesic’ means pain relieving medication. Your doctor may suggest that you try OTC pain relievers at first for your orthopedic pain, such as Tylenol or Advil. If these are not strong enough, you may be a candidate for prescription painkillers.

Treatment - The final step and the key to full recovery and return to activity is orthopedic treatment such as physical therapy. PT involves a wide array of treatments, such as pain-relieving and modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation, as well as targeted strengthening and stretching exercises to restore strength and range of motion.

Compression

The main part of the RICE protocol that benefits nearly all injuries is the ‘C’ part – compression. When you apply gentle, continuous pressure to the injured area, blood flow is increased. The gentle squeezing performed by an ACE bandage, compression socks or something similar, will perform a little bit of movement for you.

With compression, blood is encouraged to keep pumping and flowing in the correct direction. Compression prevents the pooling of blood which can delay healing, and lead to dizziness, blood clots, and more.

Low-Impact Stretches

Many clinicians are adopting the mindset that early movement is best. This is contrary to what was until recently accepted as the best initial orthopedic treatment for an acute injury. Barring very severe injuries that require complete and total rest, getting that area moving in a low-impact manner is wonderful.

Low-impact stretches stimulate blood flow and prevent collagen in the nearest joint to the injury from shortening. This will aid in maintaining a full range of motion.

Diet

What you put in your body has a major impact on healing. The best foods to eat when recovering from an orthopedic injury should aid in increasing circulation and providing adequate protein.

Increasing protein consumption will aid in maintaining lean muscle mass, which is important when you are not able to be as active as normal. For quality protein sources, focus on chicken, turkey, eggs, and beef. Nuts, beans, tofu, and soy milk are good examples of plant-based protein.

Blood is like the superhighway of the body and carries oxygen to the extremities and other nutrients that aid healing. Circulation must be optimal for fast healing to take place. Circulatory-promoting foods include anything with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, and walnuts. Some additional foods that are full of antioxidants and nitrates that widen blood vessels, making blood flow easier are pomegranates, garlic, turmeric, and spinach.

Orthopedic Examination & Treatment

As with any injury, healing will take place faster and more effectively under the care of a physician. This is especially true with orthopedic injuries as the area needs to be loaded in the right amount and at the right times. The days and months immediately following an orthopedic injury when healing processes are at their peak is a time you will not have again. So, that time must be spent most efficiently and beneficially regarding your injury.

5 Steps to Chronic Pain Management: Starts with the Right Orthopedic Doctor

Understand Your Pain with the Right Diagnosis

Choosing the most effective method of orthopedic treatment for any condition involves first obtaining an accurate diagnosis. The solution to your knee pain, back pain, or any other pain lies in knowing what is causing that pain.

This is especially true when it comes to chronic pain. When pain has been present for a number of months, or even years, you most likely have been to several doctors and tried multiple interventions to no avail. The reason that your pain is not improving may be the result of an inaccurate diagnosis from a chronic pain management clinic. If the cause of the pain is incorrectly diagnosed, the treatment method chosen for that pain will not help, or help very minimally.

One of the specialties of the doctors at Dr. Burke Orthopedics is chronic pain management. They will not attempt a treatment method without first obtaining an accurate diagnosis. They will find the root cause of your pain first which will in turn lead to a decision on the most effective course of treatment.

Find the Right Chronic Pain Management Clinic for You

There are guidelines to the management of chronic pain that any chronic pain doctor that you visit should adhere to. These guidelines exist so that you, the patient, will have reasonable expectations and the doctor will not make false, unrealistic promises.

These guidelines state that the complete elimination of pain may not be possible but it most likely will be substantially reduced leading to a dramatic increase in the well-being of your daily life, both physically and mentally.

The chronic pain management team at Dr. Burke Orthopedics follow these guidelines and will not give false hope.

Physical Therapies

A significant, frequently prescribed intervention for the management of chronic pain is a course of physical therapy. Physical therapy is incredibly important to help with chronic pain as many times, patients will be become fearful of movement because of the fear of worsening the pain.

While PT may not completely eliminate pain, your physical therapist will be able to show you what movements may be harmful, and which are safe. They can teach you the right way to move so as not to make your pain worse.

Live an Active Lifestyle Gradually

This is an important function of physical therapy as well. PT is mostly concerned with movement of the body and will help you to gradually reintegrate into activity in a safe manner. It is never a good idea to resume full activity after a long time of being in pain. This needs to happen gradually. As the pain resolves, a conscious effort needs to be made to re-introduce activity gradually.

Dr. Burke Orthopedics is Here to Help

Chronic pain is often orthopedic in nature, meaning that the root cause of your pain is from dysfunction of the skeletal system, the muscles, or joints. Orthopedic treatment for back or knee pain, or other chronic pain episodes will help. A visit to the doctors at Dr. Burke Orthopedics in Pearland, TX near Houston is your best bet as the first step in managing your chronic pain.


Show Your Joints Some Love with Stem Cell Therapy

Whether you’re suffering from an orthopedic injury, degenerative disease, or simply chronic pain, stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive technique that offers relief for patients in Pearland, Texas. This revolutionary treatment can save you from having to undergo a reconstructive surgery. At Dr. Burke Orthopedics, we know you want to show your joints some love, so we’ve laid out some reasons to choose stem cell therapy to treat pain:

Stem cells can help repair damaged or swollen tissues within the body. This is why stem cell therapy is an especially beneficial treatment for people suffering from arthritis and inflammatory conditions. During the weeks following the treatment, stem cells locate the damage in the affected joint and restore the synovium and cartilage with healthier cells. This not only prevents pain, but it also begins the healing process of the joint. For stem cell therapy to treat joint pain effectively, stem cells are often injected in combination with platelets and natural growth factors, which further enhances the innate healing capacity of the body. As an added benefit, patients experience a reduction in pain without the need for intense pain medications.

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Stem cell therapy allows you to resume your daily activities more quickly when compared to surgical treatment methods. This is a key benefit for many patients that need to get back to their normal routine. Stem cell therapy speeds up the overall process of recovery and reduces the amount of time needed for the body to heal. Stem cells tend to reproduce quickly, and many patients experience a dramatic reduction in pain quickly. Even though it may take as many as 3 months before full benefits are felt, many patients report improvement in pain and mobility within 1-2 weeks.

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Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure and has a much lower risk profile than surgical procedures. However, because the procedure does not require any major incisions to be made into the body, risks such as infections and clotting are significantly reduced. Additionally, stem cell therapy is an all-natural procedure. Stem cells grow naturally within the body. This helps in reducing the risk of any major complications. Typically, patients report only mild side effects with stem cell therapy.

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Stem cell therapy can take care of a number of conditions, and we are learning more uses for stem cells within the medical community. At Dr. Burke Orthopedics, we are proud to offer this cutting-edge treatment to patients in the Pearland, Texas, area. Give us a call at (713) 436-3488 or visit https://drburkeortho.com/specialties/stem-cell-therapy/.


ACL vs MCL Tear: Differences, Causes and Treatments

Which is Worse Torn ACL or MCL

Within the knee joint, there are four essential ligaments that provide stability to the knee. A ligament connects bone to bone and protects against movements of hypermobility in the joint. The four ligaments in the knee are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and the medial collateral ligament (MCL).

The ACL is located in the interior of the knee joint and connects the bottom, back of the thigh bone (femur) to the front, top of the shin bone (tibia). The MCL is located on the inner side of the knee, connecting the bottom of the thigh bone to the top of the shin bone, the tibia.

While not always the case, an ACL tear is in most cases going to be the more severe injury. It is considered worse than tearing the MCL because ACL tears are in general more complex to treat and require a longer recovery time after surgery. A medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear can even at times heal on its own without the need for surgery.

What Causes ACL and MCL Tears

The causes of ACL and MCL tears are similar, and they will also exhibit similar symptoms. However, there are key differences that might be able to let you know which ligament may be damaged. Both injuries can occur as a result of a hard blow to the knee, or a twisting or pivoting motion where the foot is planted on the ground but the body continues moving.

In both cases, at the time of injury you may hear a popping sound and feel as though you have immediately lost stability in the leg. This is where the main difference lies. The medial collateral ligament protects against extreme valgus stresses on the knee. A valgus stress is one that causes the lower leg to be in a more lateral position than is normal relative to the upper leg. Think of your knee collapsing inward from the side, this is a valgus stress on the knee and this is what the MCL is intended to prevent.

The ACL is intended to prevent hyperextension of the knee. Think of your knee bending the wrong way. It is an excessive straightening of the knee, and when the force that causes the knee to hyperextend is greater than the ACL can withstand, it tears.

You may continue to be able to walk after a tear of the ACL but you may not. After a MCL tear, you most likely will still be able to walk. It all depends on the severity of the injury. But in both cases, you will feel significant instability of the injured knee.

A meniscus tear in the knee is often accompanied with a ligament tear. By itself however, a tear to a meniscus will not cause the same amount of instability as with a ligament tear, but the symptoms will be similar as far as pain, swelling, and redness.


How Long to Recover from ACL and MCL Tear?

Recovery from these injuries is very different. ACL tears almost always require surgical intervention to fix, and proper recovery can take 6 months to a year.

MCL tears, on the other hand, sometimes have the ability to heal without surgery requiring just a course of physical therapy. If surgery is required to repair your MCL, the recovery process will not be as long as for an ACL repair recovery and will usually only last a few weeks or months.

Treatments at Dr. Burke Orthopedics

An accurate diagnosis is the critical first step in determining how to treat your knee. The specialists at Dr. Burke Orthopedics are quite experienced with treating ligament disorders of the knee and will be able to determine exactly what is injured, how severely, and figure out the best course of treatment.


An Orthopedics’ 5 Step Guide to Avoiding Running Injuries

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated throughout the day is one of the most important things that you can do for your body. When your body has enough fluid, it functions better and can prevent a running injury. When you drink enough water, your muscles work better, your heart works better, your blood vessels work better and your blood itself is smoother and more easily flows throughout your body.

All muscles, organs, joints, and everything else in human anatomy depend on fluid in order to function optimally. Attaining proper hydration levels will help everything from your toes, to the top of your head and everything in between.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that you aim for 11.5 cups of water per day for women and 15.5 per day for men, rather than the eight cups per day that you have likely heard all of your life.

Wear the Right Running Shoes

One of the ways to prevent a walking or running injury before they start is to pay attention to what is on your feet. Before starting a regular running routine, it is critical that you choose the correct footwear. Running and walking injuries are common and much of the time, they could have been avoided if a proper running injury prevention routine had been put in place.

This routine includes starting slowly and building up to certain levels of activity, particularly if you have spent most of your life sedentary. Strengthen and stretch the muscles, and wear shoes that are supportive in the places that your individual feet need support.

Improve Your Flexibility

Increasing flexibility is more than simply stretching the muscles. The joints such as the knee and ankle are included in flexibility with how much range of motion that they allow you. Flexibility of joints will increase naturally the more you move your body.

When isolating specific muscles to be stretched, make sure that you warm-up first. Stretching alone is not a warm-up activity and can actually cause injury if the muscles are not properly warmed up. Walk or perform another form of cardiovascular activity for a few minutes before you stretch, or stretch AFTER your workout. This will help to prevent injury and increase flexibility.

Build Up Your Stamina

START SLOW! If your knees and ankles are not used to walking or running 5 miles a day, don’t start with that much. You may avoid many injuries if you allow your body, all of your muscles and joint, to acclimate to the increased exercise.

If it is a goal of yours to build up a regular walking or running routine, avoid injury by letting your body adapt to movements that it is not used to.

Take Time to Rest and Recover

Nothing can heal without rest. This doesn’t just pertain to injury. A workout in which you did not injure yourself still stressed your body and perhaps tore muscle fibers. (This is a good thing as long as it doesn’t cause pain, the muscle fibers heal stronger after exercise and that is how you build strength!)

Your body needs to recover from this non-injurious state in order to build strength and stamina. If you don’t allow for the healing process to take place by resting enough, you are almost guaranteed to be injured.


Locked Knee: Causes, Treatments and When to Seek Help

What Causes a Knee to Lock?

The causes of a locked knee can vary, but the most common reason that this occurs is a torn or partially torn meniscus or damage to other cartilage in the knee. This feeling of the knee being locked often occurs in standing or walking. This strange knee symptom will often start as a ‘clicking’ sensation in the knee every time you take a step.

If a traumatic injury is the cause of damaged knee cartilage, you may not go through the initial stages of noticing a clicking sensation of the knee. When a traumatic injury occurs to knee as a result of falling or a sports injury, the knee may immediately feel as though it is ‘locked’ in a certain position and you are unable to either bend or straighten the knee. Most commonly the knee will become ‘locked’ in extension meaning that trying to bend the knee will either cause great pain or be impossible. This is the reason that it is common to feel this sensation when standing.

A locked knee is the result of mechanical damage in the knee causing something to block free movement of the joint. As said before, this is usually the result of damage to a meniscus. The menisci in the knee are pads of cartilage that are located in the middle of the knee joint (two are in each knee) and act as cushioning, or a shock absorber, that helps to lessen the impact of and blows to the knee or regular pounding of the knee from walking and running. When the menisci are damaged, they cannot perform this job and may be torn in a way that a piece of it is blocking the knee from normal movement.

A piece of cartilage may also be completely torn off and floating freely in the knee, what is referred to as a loose body, and may also be in the way of allowing complete knee range of motion.

What to do for Locked Knee

The severity of injury must be determined to ‘unlock’ a ‘locked’ knee. Sometimes, the injury is not severe enough to require orthopedic intervention, and you will be able to ‘free up’ your knee just by wiggling it a little bit and moving things around. Over time, hopefully the damage will heal naturally and the locking sensation will disappear.

In the case of more severe injuries, more involved orthopedic treatment may be necessary for your locked knee. Often, a course of physical therapy will be attempted in order to maximize strength and flexibility of the surrounding musculature in order to increase range of motion of the knee joint and lessen the locking sensation.

If physical therapy fails, or upon initial diagnosis by your orthopedist the damage to your knee cartilage is severe enough, surgery will most likely be recommended for a torn meniscus or other causes of a locked knee. Surgery will ‘clean up’ the damaged cartilage, or perhaps repair the tear to the meniscus if salvageable.

Dr. Burke Orthopedics - Treatments for Locked Knee and Knee Injuries

The orthopedic specialists at Dr. Burke Orthopedics will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis as to the reason for your locked knee and recommend the optimal course of treatment in order to cure it.


Can Stem Cell Therapy Repair Damaged Knees?

What is Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is an intervention that has excited orthopedic surgeons around the world. The full potential of this therapy is not yet known. But what is known regarding the current, FDA approved procedures using stem cells is very promising.

Stem cells are cells that are not yet fully mature and are known as undifferentiated cells. What this means is that these cells do not have a purpose yet. Fully developed, mature cells have a specific job, stem cells do not. With specific targeting and proper care on the part of your surgeon, these cells have the ability to grow into needed cells of different forms that are necessary for full functioning of different areas of the body.

These cells can be utilized in the form of targeted stem cell injections, or open surgical techniques to place the cells in an even more specific, targeted destination.

Stem cells are able to be harvested from multiple sources, including fully grown adult tissues. Several structures in the body have existing stem cells present in the body your entire life and are able to be harvested. In this case, when these stem cells exist in a specific tissue, they will grow and replicate to reproduce into cells of the structure that they were harvested from. For example, stem cells harvested from the liver will reproduce into more liver cells.

But it is also possible to harvest cells from adult tissues and then alter them in a lab to resemble the less mature cells that do not yet have a specific job once they reach full maturation. These cells then reproduce and differentiate into specialized cells that do have a specific purpose.

Stem Cell Injections for Knees

One of the most common areas that an orthopedic surgeon will utilize stem cell therapy is in the knees. Stem cell injections or other therapies using stem cells can be a very helpful and beneficial procedure whether your pain be from arthritis, damage to knee cartilage, or other causes.

Knee Damage Treatments at Dr. Burke Orthopedic

Knee damage is extremely common as we age. The knees support all of your bodyweight when you are standing or walking. When walking, each individual knee takes turns supporting the entire body. And if you are a runner or were in your youth, the constant pounding on the knees adds up and can lead to cartilage damage, arthritis or other issues over time.

If you are experiencing knee pain, this is when a consultation with a physician at Dr. Burke Orthopedics is necessary. The physicians at this facility are all highly trained and board-certified. They will be able to properly and accurately diagnose the source of your pain and recommend the best treatment options. Stem cell injections or other stem cell therapies for your knees may be recommended if you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure. This therapy may help take years off your knees and get them back to a pain-free, fully functioning joint.


5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cells Can Only Come from Embryos

Stem cells are a very exciting new intervention in the world of orthopedic medicine
these cells do not have a purpose yet. With specific targeting and proper care on the part of your surgeon, they have the ability to grow into needed cells of different forms in different areas of the body.

One of the most common misconceptions regarding stem cell therapy is that they can only be harvested from embryos. This is untrue. Stem cells are able to be harvested from multiple sources, including fully grown adult tissues. Several structures in the body have existing stem cells present in the body the entire lifetime and are able to be harvested. In this case, when these stem cells exist in a specific tissue, they will grow and replicate to reproduce into cells of the structure that they were harvested from.
But It is also possible to harvest cells from adult tissues and then alter them in a lab to resemble embryonic stem cells. These cells then reproduce and differentiate into specialized cells that have a specific purpose.

Stem Cell Therapy is Illegal

Another common misconception regarding stem cell therapy or stem cell injections, is that it is an illegal practice, and you have to go somewhere internationally for this treatment. This is untrue as well as a blanket statement.

If you are considering undergoing stem cell therapy for your pain, the treatment method that you are researching should have approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More and more specific, targeted stem cell therapies are gaining approval from the FDA as a new, promising, and effective treatment.


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5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cell Therapy Doesn’t Work

As with any treatment method, there is a chance that something will not be effective. But it is wrong to completely write-off stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can be a highly effective intervention in orthopedic medicine.

In particular, Dr. Burke performs a stem cell procedure for specific kinds of knee pain called MACI (Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation) that is FDA approved and has been thoroughly researched and found to be effective.

Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Safe

The safety and efficacy of a stem cell therapy product or procedure can be guaranteed through FDA approval. The FDA has rigorous standards for testing a procedure before it is approved. If stem cell therapy that you are researching is backed by the FDA, you can rest assured that it is safe.

Stem Cell Therapy Is Just for Spinal Cord Injuries

Many people are under the impression that stem cell therapy is only used for spinal cord injuries or other neurological conditions such as stroke. This is not the case. There are many different uses and safe and effective therapies for orthopedic conditions as well. Stem cell injections or other stem cell therapies exist that are helpful for arthritis, back pain, as well as other areas of pain in the body that you may be experiencing. Stem cell therapy is a very promising new treatment that has the potential of changing lives.

5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cells Can Only Come from Embryos

Stem cells are a very exciting new intervention in the world of orthopedic medicine
these cells do not have a purpose yet. With specific targeting and proper care on the part of your surgeon, they have the ability to grow into needed cells of different forms in different areas of the body.

One of the most common misconceptions regarding stem cell therapy is that they can only be harvested from embryos. This is untrue. Stem cells are able to be harvested from multiple sources, including fully grown adult tissues. Several structures in the body have existing stem cells present in the body the entire lifetime and are able to be harvested. In this case, when these stem cells exist in a specific tissue, they will grow and replicate to reproduce into cells of the structure that they were harvested from.
But It is also possible to harvest cells from adult tissues and then alter them in a lab to resemble embryonic stem cells. These cells then reproduce and differentiate into specialized cells that have a specific purpose.

Stem Cell Therapy is Illegal

Another common misconception regarding stem cell therapy or stem cell injections, is that it is an illegal practice, and you have to go somewhere internationally for this treatment. This is untrue as well as a blanket statement.

If you are considering undergoing stem cell therapy for your pain, the treatment method that you are researching should have approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More and more specific, targeted stem cell therapies are gaining approval from the FDA as a new, promising, and effective treatment.


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5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cell Therapy Doesn’t Work

As with any treatment method, there is a chance that something will not be effective. But it is wrong to completely write-off stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can be a highly effective intervention in orthopedic medicine.

In particular, Dr. Burke performs a stem cell procedure for specific kinds of knee pain called MACI (Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation) that is FDA approved and has been thoroughly researched and found to be effective.

Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Safe

The safety and efficacy of a stem cell therapy product or procedure can be guaranteed through FDA approval. The FDA has rigorous standards for testing a procedure before it is approved. If stem cell therapy that you are researching is backed by the FDA, you can rest assured that it is safe.

Stem Cell Therapy Is Just for Spinal Cord Injuries

Many people are under the impression that stem cell therapy is only used for spinal cord injuries or other neurological conditions such as stroke. This is not the case. There are many different uses and safe and effective therapies for orthopedic conditions as well. Stem cell injections or other stem cell therapies exist that are helpful for arthritis, back pain, as well as other areas of pain in the body that you may be experiencing. Stem cell therapy is a very promising new treatment that has the potential of changing lives.

5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cells Can Only Come from Embryos

Stem cells are a very exciting new intervention in the world of orthopedic medicine
these cells do not have a purpose yet. With specific targeting and proper care on the part of your surgeon, they have the ability to grow into needed cells of different forms in different areas of the body.

One of the most common misconceptions regarding stem cell therapy is that they can only be harvested from embryos. This is untrue. Stem cells are able to be harvested from multiple sources, including fully grown adult tissues. Several structures in the body have existing stem cells present in the body the entire lifetime and are able to be harvested. In this case, when these stem cells exist in a specific tissue, they will grow and replicate to reproduce into cells of the structure that they were harvested from.
But It is also possible to harvest cells from adult tissues and then alter them in a lab to resemble embryonic stem cells. These cells then reproduce and differentiate into specialized cells that have a specific purpose.

Stem Cell Therapy is Illegal

Another common misconception regarding stem cell therapy or stem cell injections, is that it is an illegal practice, and you have to go somewhere internationally for this treatment. This is untrue as well as a blanket statement.

If you are considering undergoing stem cell therapy for your pain, the treatment method that you are researching should have approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More and more specific, targeted stem cell therapies are gaining approval from the FDA as a new, promising, and effective treatment.

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Stem Cell Therapy Doesn’t Work

As with any treatment method, there is a chance that something will not be effective. But it is wrong to completely write-off stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can be a highly effective intervention in orthopedic medicine.

In particular, Dr. Burke performs a stem cell procedure for specific kinds of knee pain called MACI (Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation) that is FDA approved and has been thoroughly researched and found to be effective.

Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Safe

The safety and efficacy of a stem cell therapy product or procedure can be guaranteed through FDA approval. The FDA has rigorous standards for testing a procedure before it is approved. If stem cell therapy that you are researching is backed by the FDA, you can rest assured that it is safe.

Stem Cell Therapy Is Just for Spinal Cord Injuries

Many people are under the impression that stem cell therapy is only used for spinal cord injuries or other neurological conditions such as stroke. This is not the case. There are many different uses and safe and effective therapies for orthopedic conditions as well. Stem cell injections or other stem cell therapies exist that are helpful for arthritis, back pain, as well as other areas of pain in the body that you may be experiencing. Stem cell therapy is a very promising new treatment that has the potential of changing lives.

5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cells Can Only Come from Embryos

Stem cells are a very exciting new intervention in the world of orthopedic medicine
these cells do not have a purpose yet. With specific targeting and proper care on the part of your surgeon, they have the ability to grow into needed cells of different forms in different areas of the body.

One of the most common misconceptions regarding stem cell therapy is that they can only be harvested from embryos. This is untrue. Stem cells are able to be harvested from multiple sources, including fully grown adult tissues. Several structures in the body have existing stem cells present in the body the entire lifetime and are able to be harvested. In this case, when these stem cells exist in a specific tissue, they will grow and replicate to reproduce into cells of the structure that they were harvested from.
But It is also possible to harvest cells from adult tissues and then alter them in a lab to resemble embryonic stem cells. These cells then reproduce and differentiate into specialized cells that have a specific purpose.

Stem Cell Therapy is Illegal

Another common misconception regarding stem cell therapy or stem cell injections, is that it is an illegal practice, and you have to go somewhere internationally for this treatment. This is untrue as well as a blanket statement.

If you are considering undergoing stem cell therapy for your pain, the treatment method that you are researching should have approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More and more specific, targeted stem cell therapies are gaining approval from the FDA as a new, promising, and effective treatment.

pediatric orthopedics
5 Stem Cell Therapy Misconceptions

Stem Cell Therapy Doesn’t Work

As with any treatment method, there is a chance that something will not be effective. But it is wrong to completely write-off stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can be a highly effective intervention in orthopedic medicine.

In particular, Dr. Burke performs a stem cell procedure for specific kinds of knee pain called MACI (Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation) that is FDA approved and has been thoroughly researched and found to be effective.

Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Safe

The safety and efficacy of a stem cell therapy product or procedure can be guaranteed through FDA approval. The FDA has rigorous standards for testing a procedure before it is approved. If stem cell therapy that you are researching is backed by the FDA, you can rest assured that it is safe.

Stem Cell Therapy Is Just for Spinal Cord Injuries

Many people are under the impression that stem cell therapy is only used for spinal cord injuries or other neurological conditions such as stroke. This is not the case. There are many different uses and safe and effective therapies for orthopedic conditions as well. Stem cell injections or other stem cell therapies exist that are helpful for arthritis, back pain, as well as other areas of pain in the body that you may be experiencing. Stem cell therapy is a very promising new treatment that has the potential of changing lives.


3 Tips to Choosing the Right Orthopedic Surgeon

Get Referrals and Research Surgeon Credentials

Choosing a physician can be stressful. When it comes to choosing a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon, this can cause you even more stress. The most important detail to consider when in need of orthopedic services is to research the credentials of the surgeon that you are considering. The credentials of a physician can help to clarify their specialty and experience. You should always choose an orthopedic surgeon that is board-certified.

Board certification means that these physicians have attained the highest level of accreditation for their specialty. They have undergone extensive education and training in order to provide orthopedic treatment. Not every physician achieves this status. Board-certification is an exceptional achievement.

Dr. Burke, along with all of the physicians at his office, are board-certified in orthopedic medicine.

Along with researching credentials, if a friend or other loved one recommends a physician as having been cared for by this doctor, this should hold a lot of weight in your decision-making. A referral from someone else that you know and trust speaks volumes. It is the highest honor when a patient has been so pleased with their care that they recommend you to a friend or family member.

Visit Orthopedics Website and Services Offered

In the process of researching a physician or a certain condition such as orthopedic treatment for arthritis for example, always be sure to visit the website of the clinic that you considering. Your specific ailment should be mentioned, if you are already aware of your diagnosis. You may not know what is causing your pain and are in need of someone to diagnose the source of your discomfort. Rest assured, Dr. Burke and his team of experts will provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

The website of Dr. Burke’s clinic has an extensive list of specific ailments and injuries, and the orthopedic services that are offered to treat them. He offers many different orthopedic treatment methods and diagnostic techniques for a myriad of conditions. The physicians here are experts of human anatomy and physiology and will be able to offer a solution when it comes to your specific cause of pain or injury.

Read Patient Reviews

When choosing an orthopedic surgeon to treat your injury, reviews are very important to read as well. You may be able to get a sense of what an appointment will be like by reading testimonials from strangers. There are several review websites that contain testimonials from former patients of this clinic. On Yelp, for example, he has all 4 or 5-star recommended reviews and he personally responds to each one.

Reviews on other websites can provide a glimpse of the sensitivity, superior knowledge, wonderful treatment and thorough explanations of your condition that you will receive if you choose Dr. Burke as your orthopedic surgeon. If you are in need of orthopedic services near Houston, TX, you are encouraged to read the comments from former patients of his expertise and empathy.

Get Referrals and Research Surgeon Credentials

Choosing a physician can be stressful. When it comes to choosing a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon, this can cause you even more stress. The most important detail to consider when in need of orthopedic services is to research the credentials of the surgeon that you are considering. The credentials of a physician can help to clarify their specialty and experience. You should always choose an orthopedic surgeon that is board-certified.

Board certification means that these physicians have attained the highest level of accreditation for their specialty. They have undergone extensive education and training in order to provide orthopedic treatment. Not every physician achieves this status. Board-certification is an exceptional achievement.

Dr. Burke, along with all of the physicians at his office, are board-certified in orthopedic medicine.

Along with researching credentials, if a friend or other loved one recommends a physician as having been cared for by this doctor, this should hold a lot of weight in your decision-making. A referral from someone else that you know and trust speaks volumes. It is the highest honor when a patient has been so pleased with their care that they recommend you to a friend or family member.

Visit Orthopedics Website and Services Offered

In the process of researching a physician or a certain condition such as orthopedic treatment for arthritis for example, always be sure to visit the website of the clinic that you considering. Your specific ailment should be mentioned, if you are already aware of your diagnosis. You may not know what is causing your pain and are in need of someone to diagnose the source of your discomfort. Rest assured, Dr. Burke and his team of experts will provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

The website of Dr. Burke’s clinic has an extensive list of specific ailments and injuries, and the orthopedic services that are offered to treat them. He offers many different orthopedic treatment methods and diagnostic techniques for a myriad of conditions. The physicians here are experts of human anatomy and physiology and will be able to offer a solution when it comes to your specific cause of pain or injury.

Read Patient Reviews

When choosing an orthopedic surgeon to treat your injury, reviews are very important to read as well. You may be able to get a sense of what an appointment will be like by reading testimonials from strangers. There are several review websites that contain testimonials from former patients of this clinic. On Yelp, for example, he has all 4 or 5-star recommended reviews and he personally responds to each one.

Reviews on other websites can provide a glimpse of the sensitivity, superior knowledge, wonderful treatment and thorough explanations of your condition that you will receive if you choose Dr. Burke as your orthopedic surgeon. If you are in need of orthopedic services near Houston, TX, you are encouraged to read the comments from former patients of his expertise and empathy.

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Pediatric Sports Medicine – 3 Reasons Why People Choose Dr. Burke Orthopedics

Dr. Burke Specializes in General Orthopedic Care and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic medicine is a specialty that physicians decide to pursue in order to become experts about the human body.  A physician that specializes in orthopedics has knowledge of human anatomy and physiology that is next to none.  Sports medicine is a component of orthopedic care that generally makes up a large percentage of the services provided by an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic.  Dr. Burke’s practice includes an orthopedic sports clinic near Houston.

Whenever a bone is broken, a joint is damaged, or a ligament is torn, etc, an orthopedist will know how to guide you or your child to the best treatment.  This is the case whether the injury is sports-related or not.

Dr. Burke Orthopedics is a Sports Medicine Clinic for All Ages.

Often children are the individuals who experience orthopedic injuries that are caused by participating in sports.  Dr. Burke and his staff of highly trained specialists are wonderful choices when in need of a pediatric sports medicine physician.  Sporting injuries are certainly not limited only to adults.

When treating a child who is not fully developed yet, with immature bones and ligaments, specific individualized care is vital.  Physicians that specialize in pediatric sports medicine take into account the extra care that is needed for not yet fully matured aspects of the human body and how healing after an injury may be different than in an adult.  Children are still growing and need to be treated accordingly.

Rest assured, there are pediatric sports medicine doctors in the Houston area that are fully equipped, educated, and trained in the treatment and management of injuries in children.

Friendly Staff Committed to Patient Care at Dr. Burke Orthopedics

The staff at Dr. Burke’s orthopedic and sports medicine clinic are all dedicated, friendly, and empathetic providers that will make you and your child feel comfortable.  You can put your mind at ease when placing the care of your child in the hands of a pediatric sports medicine physician at Dr. Burke’s practice.

Providing the best patient care is always the top priority when treating anyone that seeks out help for an injury, be it an adult or child.  The professionals that specialize in pediatric sports medicine at this clinic will take the time to consider the best treatment options that will yield the optimal long-term result.  A treatment will not be recommended if your child is not an appropriate candidate for the procedure and the physician is not certain that the ultimate outcome will be optimal after healing has occurred.

When your child is injured, we understand that it is a scary time and you may not know what to do.  When searching for a pediatric sports medicine physician in the Houston area, you can have peace of mind knowing that your child is receiving the best care possible when treated by Dr. Burke or a member of oh team at his orthopedics and sports clinic.

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