Sports & Pain Medicine
Dr. M.J. Atkins offers a variety of effective treatments to help treat both chronic and acute injury. For people seeking to improve athletic performance, reduce recovery times, and optimize their fitness and nutrition, consider consulting a Naturopathic Doctor. Some of the common modalities include Regenerative Injection Therapies (prolotherapy, neuralprolotherapy, PRP), acupuncture, Traumeel shots, nutritional and herbal supplements
Regenerative Injection Therapies
With all the modern advancements in medicine people are staying healthy and living longer lives. Despite these improvements, we are continuously told that joint pain and other chronic pain is normal as we get older and that joints deteriorate with time and there's nothing that can be done except wait until you become a candidate for surgery. In fact, osteoarthritis can affect almost one out of two people as we age and these degenerative processes can begin much earlier. Fortunately, a rapidly-developing new area of medicine called Regenerative Medicine may have solutions for joint pain at any stage. Prolotherapy, Neuralprolotherapy and PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) are just some of the regenerative medicine therapies that are becoming increasingly popular due to their success in stubborn cases and their ability to prevent re-injury and deterioration of muscle, bone, and joint health.
Among these techniques Prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) injection therapies using natural medicines that help to strengthen joints and reduce pain, improve the health of cartilage. The injections stimulate the body's natural healing process allowing for tissue regeneration with as few as four treatments. Regenerative medicine should be considered whenever joint replacement is mentioned as these treatments may help to avoid unnecessary surgeries or prolong the need for joint replacement. Receiving regenerative therapies both before and after surgery can also improve outcomes and cut healing time.
Traumeel is an effective, natural treatment that relieves musculoskeletal conditions – pain and inflammation in the back, neck, knee, foot, wrist and other joints. While continued research and development is ongoing to broaden the clinical evidence of Traumeel in acute musculoskeletal injury and to further establish its benefits, current information suggests that Traumeel may be considered as an anti-inflammatory agent that is at least as effective and appears to be better tolerated than NSAIDs.
Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body - the needles are inserted to various depths. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
On a cellular level, our body needs more than just calories to perform well, it also requires a variety of nutrients to help with both performance and recovery. Specific nutrient combinations help to enhance your energy levels, reduce muscle/joint aches and pains, and can help to improve lean body mass.