While stem cell injections are very trendy right now, Dr. Belt finds that most pain can be treated with much less expensive and less invasive regenerative injections. She uses dextrose prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), prolozone, and amnion-based injections to decrease patients’ pain and increase their mobility.
Whatever your goal is, regenerative injections can help you meet it. Dr. Belt has been performing regenerative injections for over a decade and she has seen great things happen for her patients with the help of injections and naturopathic care. Patients have been able to:
- Start running and cycling again
- Play golf, tennis, and other sports without pain
- Play with the kids or grandkids pain-free
- Garden without having low back or knee pain
- Avoid orthopedic surgery
- Improve sleep quality because pain is decreased
What are the treatment options?
How Do Regenerative Injections Work?
Regenerative injections are a non-surgical treatment to help create healthy joints, ligament, or tendon tissue. These injections work by stimulating your body’s ability to heal by causing a controlled, low-level inflammatory reaction. Prolotherapy or other regenerative injections call on your own growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other cells to remove damaged tissue and create new, healthy tissue.
Who Will Regenerative Injections Work For?
Regenerative injections work well for people with:
- Chronic tendinitis
- Rotator cuff injuries and labral tears of the shoulder
- Knee pain and instability, including a torn meniscus
- Repeated ankle sprains
- Low back and sacroiliac pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- TMJ pain
- The list goes on, but you get the picture!
The better a patient’s general health, the better results they get. Sometimes a patient will need to do some work on certain areas of their health to be ready to get the best results from their regenerative injections. Patients who heal slowly, such as smokers or uncontrolled diabetics, take longer to heal and need more treatments. Dr. Belt has also found that patients with inflammatory arthritis do not respond well to regenerative injection therapy.
How Often Will I Need Treatment and How Many Treatments
Will I Need?
The answer to this question varies widely and depends on your general health, the regenerative injection therapy that you and Dr. Belt choose, and the condition of the area that is being treated.
Generally, dextrose prolotherapy and prolozone treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart and patients need 4-8 treatments. Platelet-rich plasma treatments are spaced 8 weeks apart and patients usually need 2-4 treatments. Amnion-based treatments are generally spaced 12 weeks apart and patients need 2-3 treatments.
Of course, your individual needs may differ and Dr. Belt will help you create a realistic idea of what to expect as you move through treatment.
How is Dr. Belt different?
Dr. Belt is the most experienced physician performing regenerative injections in Flagstaff. Her naturopathic approach takes the whole patient into account and maximizes the chances that her patients will have great outcomes, no matter what injections they receive.
Your first visit with Dr. Belt is an hour long and she takes into consideration your general health, diet, supplements or medications you are taking, your daily exercise and movement, and what your treatment goals are. She will review any imaging of the area that has been done.
After that, Dr. Belt will perform a thorough physical examination of the area that you would like to treat. Her goal is to find and treat all of the areas that are generating your pain. Over the years she has observed that treatment is more likely to fail if, for example, only the knee joint is being treated for knee pain. These ‘one-shot’ treatments fail because pain generators are not being identified and treated. It is very important that a more holistic approach is taken to get you better as quickly as possible.
We’re looking forward to helping you regain your mobility and strength while decreasing your pain.