Benefits can be seen anywhere from 1-3 treatments.
No, the concentration of sugar is very low and will not spike blood sugar levels. Since sugar is non-toxic and not a drug, there are no side effects other than swelling or bruising.
It is unlikely to damage a nerve using ultrasound guided injections since the nerve is visualized on screen in real time. Nerves are protected by a sheath that is more difficult to penetrate using the dilute sugar water solution.
Growth factors are small proteins signals that your body secretes to give cells in that area the message to begin healing. All cells in our body respond to signals and when instructed to do so, carry out the message. Examples of growth factors are TGF-B3, VEGF, EGF, and PDGF which stimulate collagen, blood vessel, and cellular growth to occur.
Platelets are a common source of growth factors from your own body. Via a blood draw just before your treatment, we separate the platelets from the red blood cells and excess plasma to create a concentrated solution called PRP or platelet rich plasma. Other growth factors may be used from acellular sterile growth factors isolated from bone marrow or placental MSC (medicinal signaling cells aka mesenchymal stem cells).
During your initial discovery session, we’ll listen to your concerns and make sure we are a great fit to help you. We’ll review any recent imaging, labs or other pertinent information. But most importantly, we’ll listen.