Sports medicine deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and physical activity and although it is oftentimes considered a modern specialty, it dates back to Herodicus, a Greek physician of the 5th century BC. Of course, it has come a long way to the 21st century and to The Woodlands, Texas, where we are at the top of the latest innovations in sports medicine.
Some Trending and Innovative Practices in Sports Medicine
At Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation, our trusted physicians are at the top of the latest cutting-edge treatments to offer our community the best and most personalized care. Some of these innovative practices include:
- Palet-Rich Plasma
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Therapeutic Botox
- Venus Heal™
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
“I recovered 100 percent in a very short period of time during the PRP treatment.” Rafael Nadal
In a nutshell, PRP refers to blood products with an increased concentration of platelets, which contain growth factors. A PRP injection into damaged tissue can accelerate healing.
A PRP injection contains the platelets from the patient’s own blood, which have been concentrated through a process of centrifugation in a specialized machine. This concentration differs from one injury to another, as the doctor selects the best contents for the injection based on what will help each condition.
It is used widely in sports medicine to treat dysfunction related to tendon conditions or injuries. Commonly treated areas include jumper’s knee, tennis elbow, and the Achilles tendon. PRP may also be used in acute strains or muscle tears, such as at the calf, “quads”, or hamstring. It may also be used at sites of soft tissue rupture, such as the plantar fascia.
It is used widely in sports medicine to treat:
- dysfunction related to tendon conditions or injuries,
- jumper’s knee,
- tennis elbow,
- Achilles heel,
- acute strains or muscle tears,
- and plantar fasciitis.
To learn more, head over to our dedicated PRP section.
Also called rhizotomy, it is a minimally invasive procedure to remove sensation from a painful nerve. It utilizes radio waves and heat to neutralize specific nerves and their signals, so the source of a person’s pain becomes incapable of sending pain signals to the brain, granting the person relief that can last up to several years.
Radiofrequency ablation is usually used to treat sport-related pain in the back, neck, and joints and it is also very effective when combined with physiotherapy, exercise therapy, or specific pharmaceuticals.
At Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation, we have done extensive research on this rhizotomy for sports medicine and you can learn more about it in our blog posts “Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Relief” and “Can Radiofrequency Ablation Eliminate Your Pain?”.
As little as three years ago, evidence found that botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A)—best known by the brand name Botox—is beneficial for treating musculoskeletal disorders and sports-induced pain including plantar fasciopathy, tennis elbow, and painful knee osteoarthritis.
At Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation, our licensed physicians use Botox to treat Spasmodic Torticollis (involuntary and often painful contraction of the muscles in your neck causing your head to twist to one side or the other) and migraines with spectacular results, as proven by our patient’s testimonials.
Venus Heal™ is a revolutionary treatment that is used to accelerate recovery after suffering soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains, and contusions, as well as tendinitis and bursitis. Venus Heal™ treatments use RP3 technology, a synergistic combination of Multi-Polar Radio Frequency (RF) energy, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF), and therapeutic massage. These therapeutic modes of action combined offer faster results than traditional modalities alone.
To learn more, head over to our dedicated Venus Heal™ section.
Sports Medicine in The Woodlands, Texas
At Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation, we specialize in sports medicine and will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs, whether that be through our more innovative or traditional treatments—our licensed physicians know what suits each patient best.
If you would like to know more about sports medicine in The Woodlands area, Texas, don’t hesitate to call us at 346-220-8063 or schedule an appointment online.