How Do You Treat Common Injuries Immediately?

Accidents happen. You cannot avoid them, no matter how safe you may be. Sometimes, when accidents happen it causes an injury to your body. Multiple first aid treatments exist that you should perform to treat a common injury immediately. Doing these things will hopefully mitigate the progression of the injury and lessen the ultimate harm and bodily damage it may cause.


Below are some tips as to what you can do immediately to treat common injuries.

When applying first aid methods for injury treatment, immediately apply the RICE protocol. This consists of:

R- Rest


C- compression


Let’s break down how each of these can help.  An injury cannot heal properly without rest.  This pertains to an injury or simply recovering from the day.  Rest is vital to healing and recovery.

Ice applied to the area immediately after injury, and a few times a day thereafter will mitigate swelling and pain. A certain amount of inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process, but it needs to be kept in check and not allowed to progress indefinitely. Icing the area of injury will cause a constriction of the blood vessels. This in turn leads to less inflammatory substances being allowed to access the area. Ice should be applied for up to but no more than 15 minutes at a time.

After applying ice, a rebound effect of vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) occurs in the area which will help the flow of blood and deliver nutrients to the area. This may speed up healing.

There is no way to heal an injury quickly, especially without knowing the extent of the damage it may have caused. The speed of healing is determined by the area injured and the severity of the injury. Some areas of the body will take longer to heal no matter the injury. However, consistently applying ice to the area for a few days may help to speed things up.

Compression will also help to mitigate inflammation. This will also help to decrease swelling along with ice.

When elevation is added to the mix, raise the injured area above the level of your heart, if possible.  This will encourage blood to flow more easily back into circulation where it is filtered and cleaned. For example, if you sprain your ankle, try to elevate it by laying down on a couch and resting your foot on a few pillows.

Evaluate Injury

You know your body best, and you will likely be the one to make the most appropriate decision as to whether the injury that you sustained needs to be seen by a doctor requiring further care. If there is severe and intense unremitting pain, bleeding that won’t stop, or you heard something crack or pop – these are all examples of a serious injury that should be seen by a doctor.

Seek Professional Care

If after a few days of rest and healing, the pain does not diminish or it gets worse, it is time to see a doctor. Also, if after a few days you have not regained function that you may have lost due to the injury, i.e. being unable to walk on your ankle, this situation also will warrant a visit to your doctor. Additionally, if it will help your peace of mind to get the injury checked by a professional, we encourage you to do so. If the injury is orthopedic, please contact Dr. Burke Orthopedics to schedule an appointment to seek out treatment.

5 Tips for Joint Pain Management

Focus on a healthy diet

There quite a few things that you can do to keep your joints healthy as you age. Optimizing your nutritional intake is one of the biggest factors of how to improve joint health naturally. This can involve general health guidelines, but more importantly it involves determining how different foods affect you.

Personalizing your diet will be the most beneficial for joint pain relief. An elimination diet by which you ascertain any food that you may be allergic to, or simply just do not react well may be in order. Eating the wrong types of food that your body does not like can negatively impact the health of your joints and lead to increased joint pain.

You may be amazed how the elimination of one food source that you have been consuming all your life without a problem can improve joint pain.

Be active and exercise

Staying active through exercise is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your joints as you get older. You will need to follow the advice of your doctor as to how much exercise is safe to perform if you are suffering from joint pain. But, in general remaining active is key.

This does not mean spending hours in the gym or taking up a new, intense training program. A daily walk or other gentle exercise such as yoga or Tai Chi is sufficient. The importance of activity involves the goal of keeping your joints lubricated by moving around the fluid with joints. This offers a natural protection to your joints.

Hot and cold therapy

Hot and/or cold therapy can go a long way in joint pain relief. The general advice that you will often receive is to use heat therapy before activity, and cold afterwards. But again, this is something that should be individualized.

You may find that when you are resting in the evening that placing a hot pack for 15 minutes on your knees helps pain. Perhaps the opposite, a cold pack provides greater pain relief. Some people find that alternating between heat and cold for 5 minutes each is very helpful. This is known as contrast therapy.
One of these methods is likely to decrease pain. Try them and determine which method works best for you.

Protect your joints

The objective with each of the modalities described above is to protect, nourish, and increase pain free function of joints. Paying attention to diet, exercise, and utilizing heat or cold will all help in providing protection for your joints and keep the functioning optimally and pain free.

Along with the above tips, it may be beneficial for to wear a brace on your joints for a period. The goal is to dimmish pain, so that you can remain active. The doctors at Dr. Burke Orthopedics can advise you on what is best for your joints, in a preventative fashion so that you can avoid serious complications.

Schedule a consultation with an expert- Dr. Burke Orthopedics

The orthopedists at Dr. Burke Orthopedics are experts at caring for your joints and can provide with the best guidance in keeping them healthy. You do not need to live with painful joints as you age. It is not a consequence of aging that you must accept. You can do something about it! Schedule a consultation with us to discuss the best methods of protecting your joints.

Does Cold Weather Affect Joint Pain?

Why do my joints hurt when it’s cold?

You may have noticed that your joint pain gets worse in cold weather, or when it is raining outside. This is not in your head. You are not imaging this. It has to do with the change in barometric pressure in the air. When temperature falls outside, or when it is raining, the level of barometric pressure drops and can increase joint pain.

This decrease in the level of barometric pressure may not only affect joint, but it can cause your bones to ache more in cold weather. You may also notice an increase in muscle pain. These can be the effects that you feel if you have not been diagnosed with a joint, muscle, or bone condition, however the cold weather will most prominently have worsening pain effects in those with osteoarthritis.

One theory as to why these weather changes affect joint pain is expansion and contraction of tissues, another theory suggests that lower temperatures may contribute to a thickening of fluids within the joint, making them stiffer.

In both weather conditions, the barometric pressure in the air falls due to slower moving molecules in the air, hence more air pressure is pushing down on you. Warmer temperatures speed up the movement of air molecules and causes them to rise, resulting in less pressure bearing down you.

Does weather really affect arthritis?

The weather affects arthritis, but only in levels of pain. Harsh weather will not influence or worsen the disease itself, but you may feel it more. The drop in pressure in the air can cause you to feel more uncomfortable, making it harder to move around.

The actual arthritis will not worsen, and you will feel better once the barometric pressure in the air rises again. It is hard to generalize exactly what level of barometric pressure causes joint pain to increase across the board. The change is pressure and how it affects you will be unique to you.


What helps joint pain in cold weather?

There are some tips that can be helpful to you if you experience increased pain due to changes in the weather.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Repair Damaged Knees?

Can Stem Cells Fix Knees?

Stem cell therapy, also called orthobiologic therapy when used to treat orthopedic issues, is a form of regenerative medicine that has wonderful healing and growth properties. An absolute promise cannot ethically be made that stem cell therapy will fix your knees; but the odds are in your favor. Regenerative medicine is becoming more popular, and more research is being down of the effects of stem cell therapy. Much of this research has been focused on how stem cell therapy works for knees.

The results have been promising. The stem cells that we use are undifferentiated cells that are harvested from the umbilical cord after a live birth via Cesarean section that are full of growth hormones. These cells considered “Day Zero Cells,” are undifferentiated which means that these cells do not have a function yet. They are young, are more energetic, and are in a better position to begin the job of regeneration.  These precious cells have the potential to grow into the type of tissue that is needed at the site of injection.

How Effective are Stem Cell Injections for Knees?

Evidence exists that suggests stem cell injections in knees may relive pain in over 70% of patients studied, and this level was supported in a follow-up study. When discussing the use of stem cells for Osteoarthritis (bone on bone knees), there are mixed reviews. Despite this, it is a safe procedure that has the potential to have great benefit.

A study on patients with bone-on-bone knees treated with stem cell injections with umbilical cord stem cells concluded that this therapy can “significantly improve the joint function and quality of life for patients with degenerative knee osteoarthritis.”1

The stem cell injection process is minimally invasive and safe. This procedure has the potential to significantly reduce your pain and improve your function. It is wise to consider this treatment before deciding on surgical intervention, including a total knee joint replacement.


How Long Does Stem Cell Therapy Last in Knees

When your knee doctor specialist recommends treatment with stem cell therapy, he is basing that decision on years of experience. The length of time that the pain relief provided by stem cell therapy in knees will be unique to you and the condition being treated. While no guarantee can be made regarding the duration of pain relief, studies have shown pain relief lasting up to several years, even decades. The idea with stem cell injections is not to simply mask the pain, but to attempt to fix the problem causing pain in your knee.

Stem cell injections have been shown to be a safe, effective, and short procedure. It is also a cost-effective approach to avoid the thousands of dollars that you will spend on surgery and physical therapy if you opt for a joint replacement before trying stem cell therapy.


  1. Wang Y, Jin W, Liu H, Cui Y, Mao Q, Fei Z, Xiang C. [CURATIVE EFFECT OF HUMAN UMBILICAL CORD MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS BY INTRA-ARTICULAR INJECTION FOR DEGENERATIVE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS]. Zhongguo Xiu Fu Chong Jian Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2016 Dec 8;30(12):1472-1477. Chinese. doi: 10.7507/1002-1892.20160305. PMID: 29786336.

The 8 Steps to Collect Stem Cells

Donors are Healthy Women

Our method of obtaining stem cells involves collecting them from young, healthy females in their child-bearing years. All women that are donors have been thoroughly screened and medically evaluated. This ensures the health of the tissue from which the stem cells are harvested.

With this technique, we collect live cells, process them thoroughly by testing them and making sure that they are free of disease, then carefully ship them to your doctor. A stem cell procedure is a form of Regenerative Medicine.

Full Term Live Births

While you can collect stem cells from bone marrow, this is not the process that we use. The process that we use to acquire stem cells has been around since the 1980s and is now a tried and tested effective form of collection. The cells are harvested from the umbilical cord after a live birth via cesarean section.

We only harvest stem cells after a full-term birth. The umbilical cord is generally discarded after birth after childbirth. However, saving cord blood and subsequently harvesting its stem cells is a simple, non-invasive process.

These cells harvested from a recipient that just gave life to another human being are precious. They are naturally full of growth factors and cytokines.

Fresh Tissue

Our process for obtaining stem cells is only from the fresh tissue that is collected after a successful birth. So the tissue harvested is fresh, and is processed within a 48-hour window to maintain the integrity of the raw material.

Free of Pathogens

All the tissues collected after a live birth is tested by a third party. Using a third party ensures the sterility of the product. The tissues are quarantined and thoroughly tested following strict protocols which ensure that all tissue collected is free of pathogens.

The process used does alter in any way the regenerative properties and characteristics of the tissue that is initially obtained.

Signature Process

We obtain our stem cells from Signature Biologics, using their “Signature Process”. This process consists of a thorough evaluation of donors, testing of tissues, and adhering to all applicable standards.

From the company…” Our products maintain the integrity of the original source material and the relevant characteristics relating to its utility for soft tissue supplementation that is required for tissue repair.” (

Tissue Characteristics

The tissue extracted are after birth by cesarean section. The extraction process is conducted by licensed professionals only. The tissues are then thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated. To preserve the integrity of all tissue characteristics, they are then slowly frozen and stored at -80 degrees Celsius.

Sales are Completed and Shipped Overnight

The sale of our lot of precious stem cells is only to licensed doctors and hospitals. They are shipped overnight using dry ice to preserve the integrity of the tissues.

Internal Release Criteria

We have strict standards that must be met before selling our product. The samples must pass multiple various tests before being released from quarantine and available for distribution to healthcare professionals.

Do loose bodies in the knee go away?

Loose bodies in your knee won’t simply disappear on their own. You will need to have the issue diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. However, there are limited options available from a non-surgical perspective when dealing with loose bodies. This condition often leads to symptoms that will continue to impair your movement until the fragments can be removed.

The use of anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy can aid in alleviating or reducing the symptoms and pain associated with the presence of loose bodies and improve your chances of maintaining a flexible joint.

Most of the time, the gold standard treatment for loose bodies in the knee will be an arthroscopic surgery. This is a kind of surgical procedure that is popularly known as a “clean out” procedure. This minimally invasive treatment allows a surgeon to thoroughly examine the knee for any loose bodies and remove them completely.

Woman wearing sports clothes suffering from pain in knee. Close-up painful knee with bones

When is Knee Pain Serious?

Knee pain is a very common complaint.  Your knee pain may be an innocuous annoyance, but when it is serious enough that it is affecting your day-to-day life, this is when to see an orthopedic doctor for your knee pain.

When knee pain becomes a constant nagging occurrence in your life, and especially if it has been present for more than a few days and does not seem to be going away on its own; this is when to visit an orthopedic knee specialist.

Affecting your daily life may be in the form of limiting your activities of daily living, such as simply walking, and moving around your home.  Or your knee pain may be impairing your ability to get adequate rest and sleep.  It may be affecting your performance at your job, or your knee pain may be limiting your participation in sports – these are all reasons that you should make a consultation with a knee doctor specialist.

When knee pain limits and impairs any kind of function, whether a minor interruption in your daily activities or intrudes on your ability to participate in work and sporting events; you should schedule a consultation with an orthopedic knee specialist.

Do loose bodies in the knee go away?

Loose bodies in your knee won’t simply disappear on their own. You will need to have the issue diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. However, there are limited options available from a non-surgical perspective when dealing with loose bodies. This condition often leads to symptoms that will continue to impair your movement until the fragments can be removed.

The use of anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy can aid in alleviating or reducing the symptoms and pain associated with the presence of loose bodies and improve your chances of maintaining a flexible joint.

Most of the time, the gold standard treatment for loose bodies in the knee will be an arthroscopic surgery. This is a kind of surgical procedure that is popularly known as a “clean out” procedure. This minimally invasive treatment allows a surgeon to thoroughly examine the knee for any loose bodies and remove them completely.

Woman wearing sports clothes suffering from pain in knee. Close-up painful knee with bones

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

Wondering How to Improve Your Golf Game This Spring? Read This!

Many Pearland, Texas, residents that have been playing golf for a long time will experience some form of golf injury, whether major or minor. Unfortunately, even minor injuries can sideline players from their golf game for quite some time. Fortunately, stem cell therapy can help players improve their golf game after an injury. At Dr. Burke Orthopedics, we know that stem cell therapy is a revolutionary treatment for many patients involved in sports, so we’ve listed some golf-related injuries that regenerative medicine can help with:

One of the most frequently encountered problems in golf players is lower back pain. This is mostly due to the rotational force exerted on the back while swinging. While flexibility exercises and yoga can help a great deal in preventing the pain, non-medical treatment methods may not help more severe cases.

Stem cell therapy offers a completely natural solution to the back pain that golfers incur. During the treatment, healthy stem cells are injected into the area of pain to aid in the process of healing without any downtime. While an initial consultation is required, typically, patients are an ideal candidate if conservative treatments have failed to improve their condition, or if an orthopedic specialist has recommended stem cell therapy.

Young female golfer with club feeling lower back pain after shot

Knee pain and damage is more frequently seen in golfers who have been playing for many years. An excessive amount of strain is exerted on knee as a player begins to swing during a game. This issue may be even more pronounced in players with weak knees.

The correct course of treatment depends on the exact cause of the pain, which will be determined by your orthopedic doctor. However, stem cell therapy has been proven as an effective reliever of joint pain in many studies. Stem cells deposited in the damaged area help with pain and damage in the knees by:

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Medial Epicondylitis, or “Golfer’s Elbow” is a condition caused by overuse of muscles and tendons in the forearm. This, in turn, leads to inflammation and pain in the inner aspect of the elbow, along with a shooting sensation down the forearm. This often happens during the moment of impact, as the golf club meets the ball on the ground.

Stem cell therapy aims to restore the strength of the joint and treat laxity, micro trauma, and inflammation within the joint. Stem cell therapy stimulates cellular proliferation and local repair responses, reduces inflammation, relieves pain and improves function.

Sport injury

Pearland, Texas, patients who have undergone stem cell therapy for golf-related injuries often notice a great amount of improvement in their mobility and pain.  To find out if this revolutionary treatment is an option for you, give Dr. Burke Orthopedics a call at (713) 436-3488 or visit us at

Apply These 4 Secret Techniques to Improve Stem Cell Health

Many residents in Pearland, Texas, know that stem cells play an important role within the body. While you may be aware of how essential stem cells are, how do you keep them at their healthiest? At Dr. Burke Orthopedics, we know that taking care of your stem cells can not only help you feel great overall, it can also help you get the most out of stem cell therapy treatments. Here, we’ve listed some easy tips that will help keep your stem cells in great shape:

Did you know that a sedentary lifestyle can reduce the number of stem cells circulating in blood? This is precisely why orthopedic doctors often recommend exercise to improve blood circulation. Regular physical activity helps improve the health of bone-creating stem cells, which can help manage symptoms of degenerative diseases. However, exercise does more than just help the bone-creating stem cells. It also helps to maintain a larger pool of healthy stem cells in the brain. Whether you choose to take a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood, or hit the gym for an intense workout, physical activity is essential for those wanting to keep their stem cells healthy.

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In a world where processed food is readily accessible, it’s difficult to determine what is safe to eat for stem cell health. Checking the label is always a good place to start. Does the food have artificial colors and preservatives? If so, it’s best to consider a different food choice. Processed foods containing artificial flavors and preservatives are thought to modify the epigenetic programming of our stem cells. Put simply, they can cause damage to the overall health of the cells. Sticking to “natural” foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, can help prevent damage to the stem cells and keep them at their healthiest.

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One reason behind the alarming build-up of plastic-related chemicals in our body is the increased use of disposable plastic containers. One of these toxic chemicals, BPA, targets your stem cells and increases the risk of developing cancer. Simple steps that you can take to reduce BPA intake and improve the health of your stem cells include:

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While excessive exposure to harmful UV radiation can lead to premature aging, it is important to get enough vitamin D3 from the sun. Vitamin D, D3 in particular, can slow down the stem cell aging process and enhance their ability to transform into other cells when required. The best source of vitamin D is the sun, which helps the body produce the vitamin. However, those who are sensitive to the sun can opt for a vitamin D supplement instead.

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Taking care of your stem cell health can seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s actually quite simple to keep your cells happy and healthy. Following these tips not only can help you feel better overall, it can also help you get the most out of your stem cell therapy treatment. For more information about stem cell therapy, and what it can do for you, give Dr. Burke Orthopedics a call at (713) 436-3488 or visit us at We’re the leading name in stem cell therapy in Pearland, Texas.

3 Important Questions to Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Stem Cell Therapy

You may have read or heard some amazing reviews about stem cell therapy and how it completely changed someone’s life. You may be considering giving it a try as well, but do you have enough information? Are you convinced that this is the right procedure for you? As a leading name in stem cell therapy in Pearland, Texas, Dr. Burke Orthopedics understands that you want to know as much as possible to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you, so we’ve laid out some important questions you should ask:

This is usually the question potential patients are most concerned about. The process of stem cell therapy is actually quite simple in comparison to other treatment methods. However, to get a general knowledge of what to expect during the process, it’s a good idea to ask about:

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Stem cell therapy is not always a “one and done” treatment. In some cases, more than one session may be required. This can depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of damage that has occurred in the joint. Your orthopedic specialist will be able to determine the amount of sessions you will need after the initial procedure.

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Many potential patients worry about negative side-effects following the procedure, due to it being a relatively new form of treatment. However, many patients experience only mild side-effects, if any. Typically, one can expect mild soreness around the injection site following the procedure. Slight pain may also occur during the first week or two, as the cells begin the repairing process of the joint.

Female athlete with joint or muscle soreness and problem feeling

While you should address any specific questions with your orthopedic specialist, these questions can help you get a good understanding of whether stem cell therapy is right for you. To learn more about stem cell therapy procedures in Pearland, Texas, give Dr. Burke Orthopedics a call at (713) 436-3488 or visit us at

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