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  • On average, there are 6 million auto injuries in the U.S. each year.
  • More than 90 people die in a car crash everyday.
  • 3 million people are injured every year as a result of a vehicle accident.

These are horrifying facts! Auto accidents are the most deadly, as well as the most common type of personal injury. Some of the most catastrophic injuries we’ve seen at Michigan Sports & Spine Center are related to automobile accidents. Car crash injuries can have debilitating short and long-term effects.

Auto accidents can cause many different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. These crashes can result in serious physical harm, which in turn can significantly impact your life.



* Brain and Head Injuries:

  • The most common and debilitating injuries suffered by auto injury victims is an acquired brain injury caused by the head being jolted or hitting an object violently and traumatically.
  • Symptoms can range from mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain and the effected area.
  • There doesn’t have to be visible signs of trauma (cuts or bruises), in order for the brain to be jostled inside of the skull due to the force of impact, thus causing internal bleeding, bruising and swelling of the brain.

* Neck Injuries:

  • A common form of injury from a vehicle crash is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such as neck strain and whiplash, to more serious injuries like disc injury and cervical dislocation.
  • Common symptoms include:
  1. pain in the neck
  2. headaches
  3. pain in shoulders, arms or hands
  4. numbness, weakness and slower reflexes in hands and arms
  5. muscle spasms in the neck
  6. reduced range of motion in the neck 

* Back Injuries:

  • The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, this includes sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae.
  • These injuries cause pain and discomfort and can limit your mobility.
  • Often the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after a crash.

* Spinal Cord Injuries:

  • Damage to the spinal cord is caused when displaced bone fragments, disc material or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue, destroying the part of our nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Spinal cord damage often results in a loss of feeling or function. 

* Internal Injuries:

  • Internal damages to the liver, kidneys, lungs, bowels, spleen, aorta or heart are potential results of the impact of a car crash.
  • Also common are fractured ribs and punctured lungs.


These are the most common injuries that can occur from an auto accident. It’s important to remember that these injuries can be life threatening and in many situations should be treated by a medical professional immediately.


Weeks after a car accident, drivers and passengers may feel any of the following delayed injury symptoms:

  • headaches
  • neck or shoulder pain or stiffness
  • back pain
  • numbness
  • abdominal pain or swelling
  • changes in personality or physical function
  • PTSD
  • anxiety or depression

Vehicle crashes involving severe injuries or death can result in crash victims suffering short or long-term psychological injuries, such as emotional stress, PTSD, or persistent depression and anxiety.



  • 1 in 7 Americans do not wear a seatbelt while driving.
  • Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and the risk of serious injury by 50%.
  • 6% of crashes result in fatality.
  • When you talk on a cell phone while driving you’re increasing your chance of being in a crash by 400%.
  • Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
  • 1 out of every 4 accidents is caused by texting and driving.
  • Vehicle rollovers are the most deadly type of vehicle accidents.
  • Typical causes of accidents that result in death include: 
  1. Alcohol – 40%
  2. Reckless driving – 33%
  3. Speeding – 30%



  • Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, ALWAYS wear your seat belt when you’re in a vehicle. No exceptions.
  • Be aware of blind spots. While your rearview and side mirrors are vital in outlining the view behind your car, don’t rely on them entirely. Always turn around to look over your shoulder, this will ensure that you aren’t missing something undetected by your mirrors.
  • Follow the speed limits.
  • Learn about your vehicle safety features. Knowing your car is one of the first lines of defense against a potential accident. Many models are adding extra safety features to help avoid accidents, including lane departure warnings, head-on collision warnings, auto-braking, and adaptive headlights.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, having a comprehensive treatment team like Michigan Sports & Spine, who understands your injury and the healing process, is imperative to your recovery.




Our studies prove that MSSC has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds. MSSC is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life.


Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevenion,, Association for Safe International Road Travel



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Posted by on in Concussions

An estimated 1.6 - 3.8 million sports-and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year!

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or jar to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that shakes the brain inside the skull. The cause is a temporary loss of brain function.

Common causes of concussions are sports injuries, car accidents, falls, playground injuries, bicycle crashes and physical altercations.

It’s imperative to contact a doctor if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms of a concussion:

  • ·      A headache that gets worse, or does not go away
  • ·      Numbness, weakness or decreased coordination
  • ·      Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • ·      Seizures or convulsions
  • ·      A problem recognizing people or places
  • ·      Increasing confusion, restlessness, or agitation
  • ·      Slurred speech
  • ·      Extreme drowsiness or not being able to wake up
  • ·      One pupil that is larger than the other


What you need to know about concussions: 

  • ·      You don't have to pass out or lose consciousness, in order to have a concussion.
  • ·      Some people will have obvious symptoms, such as passing out or forgetting what happened prior to the injury. But others will show no signs at all.
  • ·      Never return to play or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present.
  • ·      Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking.


Detroit athletes with career changing concussions: 

  • ·      Javid Best began his NFL career with the Lion’s in 2010, however his NFL career was short-lived. The numerous concussions he suffered throughout his career prevented him from returning to the field during the 2012 season. In 2013, the Lions released Best.
  • ·      Johan Franzén began his NHL career with the Red Wings in 2008. In 2015, Franzén missed the remainder of the season due to concussion-like symptoms he suffered after he was blindsided by a check in the beginning days of 2015. He was deemed medically fit to return to the 2015/16 season, Franzén only played two games before the return of his concussions symptoms.  He is presently on the team’s long-term injury reserve list.


It's important to know that after a concussion the brain is more sensitive to damage. So while you’re recovering, be sure to avoid activities that might injure you again. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some recover within a few hours, other people take a few weeks.



Our studies prove that MSSC has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds. MSSC is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life.


Sources: WebMD, Wikipedia

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Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.  Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. b2ap3_thumbnail_joint-pain.jpgCartilage normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

Autoimmune disease
Broken bone
General "wear and tear"

Joint pain
Joint swelling
Reduced ability to move the joint
Redness of the skin around a joint
Stiffness, especially in the morning
Warmth around a joint

Physical examination and medical history consultation
Lab tests

Lifestyle changes
Physical therapy
OTC medications
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
Biologic medications




Why Choose Us

Our studies prove that MSSC has patient success rates much higher than the national average.

Innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as muskuloskeletal ultrasounds.

MSSC is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. 

We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door.


What is everyone saying at Michigan Sport & Spine?

-Debrora in Clawson, MI | Sep 24, 2016
Dr Pierce and his staff have helped me over the years with my knee and hand pain. They would get me in right away and not make me wait. Dr pierce is true genius and knows how to treat patients in pain. Im feeling 90% better since finding Dr Pierce and Michigan Sports and Spine.
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Posted by on in Sports Injuries

Ankle sprains are a common problem in most sports. However, in hockey, the common ankle sprain caused by plantar flexion, inversion and internal rotation is a relatively rare occurrence. This is due to the protection afforded by the modern stiff skating boot and because there is relatively little jumping and landing, which is a frequent cause of inversion injuries in other sports. More frequent and much more troublesome in skating is the dorsiflection-eversion-external rotation ankle sprain.

There are two principal etiologies for this sprain. The first and most common injury occurs when a player catches his or her support blade in an ice rut, causing the skate to follow the rut, forcefully rotating and everting the ankle. The second etiology is a fall over the front of the skates, with the foot being caught in an externally rotated, dorsiflexed position under the body. Both cases result in a strain of the deltoid ligament followed by progressive loading of the tibiofibular ligament and interosseous ligament.
This type of sprain results in immediate pain which is localized in two distinct areas, the medial aspect of the ankle over the deltoid ligament and the anterolateral aspect of the ankle over the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament and distal interosseous ligament. The pain is increased with eversion-external rotation stress of the dorsiflexed ankle. Inversion-internal rotation of the plantar flexed ankle is relatively painless. When the mechanism of injury and clinical examination are consistent with an eversion sprain, you should perform stress X-rays to rule out a diastasis of the ankle syndesmosis. Be sure to include the entire tibia and fibula on the film in order to avoid missing a proximal fibular fracture.
Immediate treatment for these sprains should include prompt compression, ice and elevation since the amount of swelling predicts the amount of ankle pain and the length of recovery you can expect. When the radiograph demonstrates evidence of mortise widening or instability, consider performing open fixation with a syndesmodic screw in order to reduce and hold the ankle anatomically. If the stress X-rays are negative for diastasis, continue with crutches and a compression dressing until the initial injury pain subsides. At that point, you can allow weightbearing as tolerated and proceed to emphasize ankle rehabilitation.
The initial focus of the ankle rehabilitation program should concentrate on return of motion. An exercise bicycle and an ankle board are valuable in this early phase. As the tenderness over the anterior tib-fib ligament and interosseous space begins to subside, have the patient initiate inversion-eversion strengthening and heel cord stretching. Encourage proprioception training, using a tilt board or other balance device, in conjunction with the stretch and motion program.
Once the patient can tolerate full weightbearing, ankle strengthening, range of motion and proprioception well, you can allow the patient to proceed to straight ahead running. The final, most difficult phase of the rehabilitation is returning to skating because of the inherent external rotation, everson forces placed across the ankle with normal skating stride. To help protect the ankle against excessive stress in this period, apply immobilization taping. In non-operative cases, return to function occurs within three to six weeks after the injury while a surgical case will require 15 to 18 weeks for functional recovery.
Expert Pointers On Treating Foot And Toe Fractures
Although the foot is protected by a solid boot made of leather and plastic, foot injuries still occur frequently in hockey. Fractures and contusions account for most of the foot injuries. Fractures of the feet are almost invariably the result of impact by the puck or stick.
The most commonly fractured bones are the navicular and the base of the fifth metatarsal (styloid process). The first through fourth metatarsals are fractured much less frequently. These fractures are usually oblique but can appear comminuted or spiral. When these fractures are not displaced, players often “play through the pain.” Treatment for these fractures consists of four to eight weeks of immobilization, depending on the injury. If the fracture is displaced and cannot be closed or reduced, it may be necessary to perform ORIF.
Toe fractures are not very common in hockey due to the hard toe of the skate. However, these fractures do occur occasionally due to direct trauma from a puck or stick. You may see a subungual hematoma with these injuries and the fracture will usually be comminuted. The player will present with pain, edema and ecchymosis of the affected toe.
Treatment of nondisplaced toe fractures consists of immobilization splinting to the neighboring toe with tape, felt or prefabricated splints. With these cases, you can expect a return to action in a matter of days. If the fracture is displaced, depending on severity, you should perform a closed or ORIF. Return to play will then take a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of displacement and the amount of reduction and stabilization you perform on the area.
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How Your Car Is Like Your Body



I don’t know about you, but I love analogies. Will any of us ever forget when Forrest Gump told us that “life is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you are going to get”? Probably not, because it captures the essence of life so perfectly.


Analogies and metaphors help us describe indescribable things. For those of us who have never even really looked under the hood of a car, much less know what to make of all of those mechanical parts, vehicle systems are nearly impossible to understand.






But what if I told you that your vehicle’s cooling system was like the body’s circulatory system?





If you have a fever, you don’t feel well, right? Well, in order to function properly, your vehicle’s engine needs to run at the right temperature, too. So if your engine is running too hot, a sensor goes off and coolant is released to cool the engine off. When you have a fever, a sensor goes off—our own thermostat, the hypothalamus—and then our body responds by sweating and other means of cooling off.



Makes a lot more sense, now, doesn’t it?


Audra Fordin, of, has come up with a brilliant way to understand a vehicle’s systems—she compares them to bodily systems. Check it out. I bet you’ll understand more about cars by the time you get to the bottom of the list.



The Skeletal System is like a Car Frame




The frame of your car is the skeletal system of your body and the key is flexibility. If an injured foot is causing you to limp, that compromises your ability to walk. The same holds true for your car’s body. If it’s out of alignment, the car’s ability to take a shock is compromised.


The Digestive System is like Fuel




Fuel/gas is like food for your body. Your body uses the food for energy. The engine breaks down the fuel to optimize it and run its body, the engine.





The Endocrine System is like a Car’s Computers



Computers in your car are like the endocrine system. Hormones are chemicals that control your body functions. Glands are comparable to the ECM, PCM, OBDII, transmission computer, window computer, and HVAC controls.




The Immune System is like the Gauges and Dash Lights



The gauges and dash lights in your car are like the immune system in your body. They let you know when your car needs a checkup.




The Lymphatic System is like the Speed Sensors, etc.




Sensors measure vehicle and engine speed and how your car is running. Like the lymphatic system, sensors help defend the body.




The Circulatory System is like the Cooling System



Like the cooling system of the car, if you have a fever, you’re not feeling well. In order to run properly, your car’s engine needs to be at the right temperature.




The Muscular System is like Engine Torque




Engine torque (strength) is similar to your legs pumping the pedals on a bicycle.




The Nervous System is like your Car’s Electrical System




The electrical system of your car is like the nervous system in your body. A pinched nerve in the body is like a broken wire in your car—it causes the system or vehicle to behave erratically and unpredictably.




The Respiratory System is like the Air Induction




The air induction of your car is like your respiratory system. If there is something wrong, your engine will have trouble taking in air, causing your car to choke, which is similar to an asthmatic gasping for air.




The Urinary System is like the Exhaust System




The exhaust system is like the urinary system of your body. If you cannot properly eliminate waste, you will become sick. Your car does the same job by safely removing waste from the exhaust system.







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You’d like to live a healthier life. But that goal is so big that you don’t know where to start.


If you're feeling overwhelmed, here are seven simple ways to launch your personal health makeover.







Yes, you should. Many of us were surprised to learn last year that flossing lacked clear benefits in medical studies. But we should keep up the habit anyway, according to the American Dental Assn  and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Studies have been few, small and potentially flawed by people who claim they floss more, and more thoroughly, than they really do, experts say. But the signs of non-flossing — red, puffy gums and unwanted “pockets” between gums and teeth — are obvious to dentists.


Brushing can’t get between teeth to remove “bad” bacteria. Flossing gets at least four times deeper into gums than brushing does. Technique matters, so ask your dentist for tips at your next visit. And don’t forget your regular, professional teeth-cleanings.




 Keep an eye on your eyes 



Many people — perhaps even you — assume nothing is wrong with their eyes if nothing seems to be. But “silent” conditions can do damage before symptoms show up, says  Dr. Rohit Varma  , director of the USC Roski Eye Institute and dean of the Keck School of Medicine at USC.


A comprehensive eye exam can find them early. Regular exams are most important for babies and kids (to check for congenital problems and nearsightedness) and people over 50 (for age-related problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration).




But younger adults aren’t immune — farsightedness starts about age 40 — and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health suggests yearly exams for computer users of any age. Computer-related problems (most commonly dry eye) are so widespread there’s a name for them: computer vision syndrome.





Step it up



Does the journey to better health begin with 10,000 steps? It might.


Being active burns calories, builds muscle and boosts your energy and  mood. And counting your steps is a good way to keep track of how active you are, says  Dr. Neha Vyas  , a family medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic. Many experts believe that 10,000 steps a day — about 5 miles — is a good number for most people to aim for. But, she adds, “The reality is that any amount of activity is beneficial.”




Be skeptical 


You can learn a lot about health on the Internet. Some of it is even true. But how can you tell facts from malarkey?


You can generally trust information from local, state, and county health departments, academic institutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and medical associations such as American Academy of Family Physicians and Infectious Diseases Society of America.



You should beware of rosy health claims for dietary supplements. These products are not vetted by the Food and Drug Administration the way medicines are, so regulators can’t vouch for their safety or effectiveness. Supplement manufacturers aren’t free to knowingly make false marketing claims. Still, sometimes they may assert things that have not been subject to rigorous, objective testing.




 Think fun! 


A rose by any other name might smell as sweet. But call exercise by another name and it might do you more good, a pair of experiments suggest.


In one, 46 adults went for a 2-kilometer walk around a lake. Half were told it was an “exercise walk” and half were told it was a “scenic walk.” When it came time for a mid-afternoon snack, the “exercise” walkers ate more than twice as many M&Ms; as the “scenic” walkers — a difference that amounted to  206 additional calories  . In the other, the “exercise” group ate 35% more chocolate pudding at lunch.


The key is to think of activity as fun, says Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and one of the researchers involved in the experiments. If you tell yourself you’re working out, you’re likely to reward yourself by eating more. “So tell yourself it’s personal time,” Wansink says. “Say, ‘I’m doing this for me.’”




Feed your tiny friends 



You may not realize it, but you’re eating for millions — of microbes. In fact, scientists estimate that at least half the cells in your body aren’t actually human at all.


You’re the big kahuna for your microbes, says  Dr. Zhaoping Li  , director at UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition. You control their destiny. Which brings us to fiber. Scientists used to believe fiber was only good for avoiding constipation. But now they know you need it to keep your microbes happy. Eat plenty of the best kinds — the ones in fruits, vegetables and whole grains — if you want your microbes to maintain an orderly society. That, in turn, can help you maintain a healthy body.




 Make protein a priority 



Your body needs sugar, fat and protein to carry out its daily metabolic chores. And it’s very good — sometimes too good — at keeping stores of sugar and fat accessible. But protein? Not so much.


“Your protein pool can only last 3 to 4 hours,” Li says. That means three meals a day are not optional — they’re vital. And each meal should include about 20 grams of protein, roughly the weight of eight pennies.


If you skip a meal, your body will make do by breaking down your skeletal muscle to get the amino acids it requires. In general, once you replenish your protein pool, your body will return the amino acids it borrowed from your muscles, so no permanent damage is done. But if you deprive it of protein too often, it may not be able to repay the big debt you rack up.


And be extra careful if you’re getting older: Your body just isn’t as good then at paying back what it owes, and you may never be able to restore the muscle you’ve lost.




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Posted by on in Pain Management




I receive emails asking about the future of Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy(Platelet Rich Plasma) , I wanted to blog the article below about stem cell therapy and how it has become the medicine of the future for many.

In an interesting dispatch from spring training, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports on Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards’s recovery from a May 2016 elbow injury that shut him down for the season.



Instead of electing to undergo standard Tommy John surgery, Richards decided to try to heal his injury by getting an injection of stem cells directly into his elbow. Passan, whose 2016 book The Arm showed he’s not afraid to make his readers feel queasy, described the procedure as such: Richards was fortunate to only suffer a partial tear, which is naturally easier to repair than a full tear.


A doctor guided a needle into the iliac crest of his pelvic bone and began to extract bone marrow.

Within a few minutes, the harvested marrow was hurried to a centrifuge, spun to separate the good stuff, mixed into a slurry of platelet-rich plasma and readied to inject into Richards’ damaged right elbow.




Gross, but it apparently worked. Passan reports Richards is feeling great and throwing 98 mph at spring training. Richards is clearly pleased with the tentatively positive outcome: “Science, bro. I’m a believer now,” Richards told Passan.



Dr. Neal ElAttrache, sport’s premiere orthopedic surgeon, says he is looking forward to seeing where the research on the efficacy of orthobiologics goes, but he also has a theory that the simple resting of the muscle could be the impetus for muscle repair. Or, at least, that the two factors combined can be effective.




A stem cell procedure is less invasive than UCL surgery, of course, and right now it looks like the healing process could be much shorter than that of Tommy John surgery, at least for pitchers with partial UCL tears. Standard TJ recovery time is 14 months—nearly long enough to inspire an oh yeah, that guy reaction when the player eventually returns. Richards underwent his stem cell procedure in May 2016 and Passan reports that he was throwing by August and was ready to go by October.




Richards will, of course, be kept on a short leash this season as he and the Angels look to avoid a setback or worse, but the potential for an expedited return from partial UCL tears is a major development for the science of pitching.




If stem cell treatments can get electric pitchers like Richards healed and back on the field quicker than surgery can, that’s obviously a good thing for baseball. Still, it’s hard to read Passan’s story and not come away from it asking, “What’s a PED again?” Here’s Richards talking about his stem cell treatment in the Los Angeles Times back in 2016:






Stem cells are a remarkable thing. The body heals itself, so that’s awesome. We’re not out of the woods yet, but today’s a good day.




HGH doesn’t exactly work the same way this stem cell treatment appears to, but their essential benefits are the same. While the term “performance enhancing drugs” is still commonly associated with the mega-’roids 1990s, HGH is of value to athletes largely for its ability to quicken injury recovery and extend careers. Doctors pushing orthobiologics experiments on their patients are free of the whiff of impropriety, but it seems that has less to do with their virtue than it does their good fortune at being on the right side of baseball’s arbitrary PED laws.






Don't Live Another Day In Pain


Call Michigan Sports And Spine Center Today to see if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy.




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Posted by on in Back Pain


                                                      Tips to keep your Joints Healthy


1)Stay in Motion


It's the golden rule of joint health: The more you move, the less stiffness you'll have. Whether you're reading, working, or watching TV, change positions often. Take breaks from your desk or your chair and get active.


2) Know Your Limits


It's normal to have some aching muscles after you exercise. But if you hurt for more than 48 hours, you may have overstressed your joints. Don't push so hard next time. Working through the pain may lead to an injury or damage.




3) Lean In to Your Weight


Your size affects some of the strain on your hips, knees, and back. Even a little weight loss can help. Every pound you lose takes 4 pounds of pressure off the knees. Ask your doctor what's the best way for you to get started.


4) Chill out Pain


Ice is a natural -- and free -- pain reliever. It numbs the hurt and eases swelling. If you have a sore joint, apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes at a time. You can also try a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Never apply ice directly to your skin.


5) Go Low-Impact


What exercise is good? The best choices are activities that don't pound your joints, like walking, bicycling, swimming, and strength training.


6) Flex Some Muscle


Get stronger to give your joints better support. Even a little more strength makes a difference. A physical therapist or certified trainer can show you what moves to do and how to do them. If you have joint problems, avoid quick, repetitive movements.


7) Work on Your Range


Are your joints too stiff and inflexible? You'll want to get back as much as you can of your "range of motion." That's the normal amount joints can move in certain directions. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises to improve this.




8) Power Up Your Core


Stronger abs and back muscles help your balance, so you're less likely to fall or get injured. Add core (abdominal, back, and hip) strengthening exercises to your routine. Pilates and yoga are great workouts to try.


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Why it's important. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.


Stretching helps you maintain optimal joint function for athletic performance. While the benefits of stretching before running have not been conclusively proven or disproven, stretching is still recommended as part of an overall running regimen, preferably after you have performed a warm-up. Before you stretch, consider some basic guidelines to optimize your results.

Warm Muscles Respond Best

Stretching is best performed when your muscle fibers are warm. Stretching a cold muscle can result in microtears in the muscle fibers and fascia that lead to pain and increased stiffness. Before stretching, perform a brief warm up consisting of five to 10 minutes of moderate intensity cardio. You can also warm your muscles by taking a hot bath or shower, or using a sauna. Dynamic stretches performed before your run can increase your muscle spindle length and prepare your muscles for activity. Static stretches after your run can help your muscles relax and restore them to their resting length.

Dynamic Pre-Run Stretching

Dynamic stretching can help improve blood flow and lubricate joints and muscles, which is why it purportedly helps avoid injuries. Dynamic stretching involves moving your joints through their greatest range of motion in a repetitive rhythmic pattern. A good dynamic pre-run stretch is a forward and back leg swing to optimize your groin muscle range of motion. Support yourself next to a wall or post and hold your trunk erect with contracted abs. Kick your outside leg forward from the hip as high as it will go, then swing it back as far as it will go. Repeat 10 times, increasing the arc of swing with each repetition. Do three sets on each leg.


Static Pre-Run Stretching

After warming up and performing dynamic stretches, you can add static stretches. A static stretch takes your muscle to its longest length and holds it there for an extended time, usually about 15 to 60 seconds. You should always relax into your static stretch while breathing rhythmically. Do not bounce into your stretch, as it is likely to tear muscle fibers. Static stretches may be more beneficial at the end of your run, to restore muscle fiber length and relax your muscles.


According to a 2004 study published in the "Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine", regular stretching improves force, jump height, and speed, although there is no evidence that it improves running economy. If you choose to stretch before you run, warm up for five to 10 minutes by jogging or walking. The journal "Marathon Training" recommends that runners focus on stretching all the major leg muscle groups including your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, groin and hip flexors.





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Are you interested in learning more about Platelet-rich plasma(PRP Therapy) and Stem Cell Therapy and the truth about Regenerative Medicine? Are you looking for a Non-Surgical Approach for for an injury that just won't go away?Or are you tired of everyday aches and pain?  Join us on Tuesday February 21st. This is a Seminar you Do not want to miss!!

Dr Pierce will hold a Seminar on Tuesday February 21st from 6-8pm. Dr. Pierce will be talking about Platelet-rich plasma (PRP Therapy)  and Stem Cell Therapy and how it will benefit you and talk about the benefits of Regenerative Medicine.

To Register call 248.680.9000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seminar Address -1880 Birchwood , Troy Mi 48083


Read below for more exciting information on Regenerative Medicine!!

A single PRP injection helps reduce pain and heal injured tissue in patients with chronically sore shoulders caused by rotator cuff tears. PRP therapy is an emerging therapeutic procedure for the treatment of both... acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. The procedure involves withdrawing blood from the patient and then spinning it to produce a high concentration of platelet cells. The plasma is then injected back into the patient at the injury site, speeding up the natural healing process.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was one of the first professional athletes to receive PRP therapy, traveling to Düsseldorf, Germany for a more refined version known as the Regenerate treatment. Peyton Manning, Alex Rodriquez, Vijay Singh and other professional athletes soon followed.

You do not have to fly to Germany to get this done , Michigan Sports And Spine Center have performed many PRP procedures in our office with results usually equal to or surpassing more typical orthopedic procedures which involve surgery and sometimes substantial downtime and lost time from work.



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Sit at a computer all day? Then these stretches will feel extra amazing.


Whether you slept in a funky position last night or you have been sitting and staring tensely at your computer for hours on end, neck pain happens. And a crick in the neck is not only annoying and painful, but it can also lead to headaches and upper back pain. To help reduce the aches and pains try a few of these satisfying stretches. After taking a long, hot shower to help loosen the muscles, try a few (or all) of them for a little instant relief. You'll feel better and maybe you’ll even stand a bit taller.



1:Seated Neck Release


    This gentle stretch targets the sides of your neck.

  Sit on the floor in a cross-legged position or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Extend your right arm next to your right knee or along  the right side of the chair. Place your left hand on the top of your head and slowly tilt your head to the left. Apply gentle pressure with your hand to increase the stretch. To feel a deeper stretch, you can hold onto your right knee or the seat of the chair. This stabilizes the torso and allows you to isolate the stretch on the side of your neck. Hold on this side for 30 seconds, then slowly lift your head up and repeat this stretch on the other side.


2: Seated Clasping Neck Stretch


    Use your hands to offer a deep stretch for the back of your neck and your upper back.

   Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor. Clasp your hands and bring both palms to the back of your head. Sitting with a tall spine, ground your hips firmly into your seat. From here, begin to gently press your hands down toward your thighs, tucking your chin into your chest. As you press down, use the heels of your palms to pull your head away from your shoulders. This will intensify the stretch even more. Hold here for at least 30 seconds, and then slowly lift your head up and release your hands.


3: Behind the Back Neck Stretch


    This standing stretch can be done anywhere, and will offer a deep stretch in the sides of your neck.


    Stand with your feet hip distance apart, arms by your sides. Reach both hands behind your backside, and hold onto your left wrist with your right hand. Use your right hand to gently straighten your left arm and pull it away from you slightly. To increase the stretch in your neck, slowly lower your right ear toward your shoulder. Stay here for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

4: Grounded Tip-over Tuck


    Here's a relaxing stretch for your neck and shoulders that can also help relieve headaches and drowsiness.


    Come into Child's Pose with your shins and forehead on the floor. Stay here for a few breaths, working on lengthening your spine as you relax your chest to your thighs. When you're ready, interlace your hands behind you in a double fist. If you can, press the heels of your palms together to increase the stretch in your shoulders. Then lift your hands as high as you can. Inhale to shift your weight forward and lift your hips off your heels. Come to rest on the top of your head and extend your hands as close to the floor as you can. Stay here for 10 seconds and then lower your hips back to your heels. Stay here for 10 seconds, and then lift your hips up again. Continue this cycle five or more times, then release into Child's Pose with your arms on either side of your legs.


5: Seated Heart Opener


    Stretch through the front of your neck, chest, and shoulders with this relaxing heart opener.

    Begin sitting on the heels as if coming into Reclining Hero pose. Lean back and place your palms flat on the floor about eight to 10 inches behind you so your fingertips are pointing away. Press your hands firmly into the ground to lift the chest high, arching your back and pushing your hips into your heels. To increase the stretch, lower your head behind you, stretching through your throat and the front of your chest even more. Stay for 30 seconds, then lift your head and torso up.

6: Bridge


    Here's a classic yoga pose that allows you to control how much you stretch the back of your neck by how high the hips are lifted.


    Begin lying flat on your back with your arms along the sides of your body, with your palms facing down. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Walk your heels as close as you can to your bum, keeping them hip-width apart. Make sure both feet are parallel. With your palms and feet pressing firmly into the ground, lift your hips off the floor. Stay here, or clasp your hands together below your pelvis, extending through your arms. Rock your weight from side to side to bring the shoulder blades closer together. Stay here for 30 seconds, continuing to lift the hips high. To release this stretch, gently lower your booty back to the ground. Then stretch through your lower back by hugging your knees into your chest.

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6 Things About Chronic Pain You Didn't Know You Knew!!

Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle, the truth is chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people.  Remembering that like all bullies chronic pain travels with a gang can help to better understand the life of someone in chronic pain.



Pain is exhausting.  We have all had a bad headache, a twisted knee, or a pulled muscle, and by the end of the day it is a monumental effort just to read the mail.  You may not have consciously realized it, but the pain that has relentlessly nagged you throughout the day has drained you as bad as any flu.  Even when you try to ignore pain it will stay in the back of your mind, screaming for attention, draining away all of your energy. With chronic pain this is amplified because it isn’t just one day, it is months or even years of struggling to live with this very demanding monkey on your back.  I’m tired just thinking about it.


Pain causes poor sleep.  You would think that after a long day of fighting with constant pain sleep would be a great reprieve.  Unfortunately, this is just a dream (pun intended).  First chronic pain can make it hard to get to sleep and stay asleep.  The pain will pull you right out of deep sleep.  Many pain patients take medications to sleep, because sleep is vital to your health, chronic pain, or no.  Even when you do sleep, the pain signals continue to your brain and can cause sleep to be broken, restless, and oddly enough, exhausting.



Pain makes you cranky.  Chronic pain sufferers aren’t (all) just cranky buggers by nature.  Pain drains you physically and mentally.  When you are in pain even the simplest things feel overwhelming and people tend to react accordingly.  You may have only asked your chronic pain spouse if they would like to go to a movie, but in their head they have considered if they can sit still that long, how much medication it would require, if they have the energy, if they will stay awake through the movie, how high their pain is now and how it might increase, if they go will it make getting through tomorrow harder, and most importantly, given all this, will it be any fun.  They didn’t grouch at you for the fun of it, pain just makes it very hard to remember that everyone else is coming from a totally different perspective, where a movie is just, well, a movie.



Pain kills your concentration. Most chronic pain patients fight like crazy to live a normal life.  They try to ignore the pain and go about their days, but it’s just not that easy.  Even when you ignore pain, push it to the back of your brain and focus on, say, work, pain doesn’t give up.  You can sit at your desk, working on your computer, trying to concentrate, while your pain plays the part of a toddler desperate for your attention.  Pain will poke you, tug at your clothes, spill juice on your keyboard, scream your name and try to use your arm and leg as practice for the uneven bars.  No matter how hard you try to tune it out, part of your brain is always processing the pain and it often pulls your concentration to terrifyingly low levels.


Pain damages your self esteem.  The pain has made you tired, cranky, and killed your concentration.  Being exhausted all the time makes everything more of a challenge than it should be, your quick temper has strained or destroyed once strong interpersonal relationships, and your inability to concentrate has hurt your job performance.  You can’t do what you want to do with your time even when you try and it seems like everyone is mad or unhappy with you no matter your efforts.  Life as you know it is crumbling and all because of …you?  Most pain sufferers blame themselves for these failings, remembering that they used to be able to do everything.  They see chronic pain as a sign of weakness or a personal defect that they should be able to overcome.  The end result is that on top of everything else chronic pain damages your self esteem.


Pain causes isolation.  When you’re in constant pain the last thing you want to do is attend the company party, the neighbor’s backyard barbecue, or even small gatherings with your closest friends and family.  Your friends and family are still the light of your life, but the physical and mental energy it requires to go out and be social can be just too much to handle.  You start to bow out of parties and cancel plans, not because you don’t want to go, but because you just can’t.  Eventually people stop inviting you, calls to make plans decline, and the scary thing is you don’t mind.  The pain has slowly, but surely, isolated you.




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"Put Neck Pain To rest and get a goodnight sleep"



Awareness of sleeping positions and proper pillows can minimize pain

As with so many things, when it comes to neck pain, an ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure. It's true that some causes of neck pain, such as age-related wear and tear, are not under your control. On the other hand, there are many things you can do to minimize your risk. One place to start is to look at how you sleep and what effect this may have on neck pain.

What is the best sleeping position for neck pain?




Two sleeping positions are easiest on the neck: on your side or on your back. If you sleep on your back, choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curve of your neck, with a flatter pillow cushioning your head. This can be achieved by tucking a small neck roll into the pillowcase of a flatter, softer pillow, or by using a special pillow that has a built-in neck support with an indentation for the head to rest in. Here are some additional tips for side- and back-sleepers:




  1. Try using a feather pillow, which easily conforms to the shape of the neck. Feather pillows will collapse over time, however, and should be replaced every year or so. 
  2. Another option is a traditionally shaped pillow with "memory foam" that conforms to the contour of your head and neck. Some cervical pillows are also made with memory foam. Manufacturers of memory-foam pillows claim they help foster proper spinal alignment.
  3. Avoid using too high or stiff a pillow, which keeps the neck flexed overnight and can result in morning pain and stiffness.
  4. If you sleep on your side, keep your spine straight by using a pillow that is higher under your neck than your head.
  5. When you are riding in a plane, train, or car, or even just reclining to watch TV, a horseshoe-shaped pillow can support your neck and prevent your head from dropping to one side if you doze. If the pillow is too large behind the neck, however, it will force your head forward.

Sleeping on your stomach is tough on your spine, because the back is arched and your neck is turned to the side. Preferred sleeping positions are often set early in life and can be tough to change, not to mention that we don't often wake up in the same position in which we fell asleep. Still, it's worth trying to start the night sleeping on your back or side in a well-supported, healthy position.


Beyond sleep position

Research suggests that not just sleep position, but sleep itself, can play a role in musculoskeletal pain, including neck and shoulder pain. In one study, researchers compared musculoskeletal pain in 4,140 healthy men and women with and without sleeping problems. Sleeping problems included difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, waking early in the mornings, and non-restorative sleep. They found that people who reported moderate to severe problems in at least three of these four categories were significantly more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain after one year than those who reported little or no problem with sleep. One possible explanation is that sleep disturbances disrupt the muscle relaxation and healing that normally occur during sleep. Additionally, it is well established that pain can disrupt sleep, contributing to a vicious cycle of pain disrupting sleep, and sleep problems contributing to pain.


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Natural Home Remedies: Back Pain


Sick of popping ibuprofen to soothe your sore back? Banish back pain with one of these natural home remedies

Back pain often strikes when something’s amiss with the delicate column of bones, muscles, ligaments and joints that holds you up. But many other conditions, like strains, arthritis, hairline spine fractures and even kidney infections, can cause your back to throb.


What you can do

•Ice first, heat later. As a pain reliever, ice works great. It temporarily blocks pain signals and helps reduce swelling. Several times a day, lay an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the painful area for up to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a bag of frozen peas or corn. During the first few days of home treatment, apply the ice pack as frequently as necessary. Later you may still want to use ice after exercise or physical activities. After about 48 hours, switch to moist heat to stimulate blood flow and reduce painful spasms. Dip a towel in very warm water, wring it out, then flatten and fold it. Lie on your stomach with pillows under your hips and ankles. Place the towel across the painful area, cover the towel with plastic wrap, then put a heating pad-set on medium-atop the plastic. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes. You can repeat this three or four times a day for several days.

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•Perfect your posture. Look for the posture that places the least stress on your back. To do it, stand straight with your weight evenly balanced on both feet. Tilt your pelvis forward, then back, exaggerating the movement. Then settle into the position that feels most comfortable. Now “work your way up” your back, focusing on one area at a time. First concentrate on the area near your waist, then your chest area, and finally your neck and shoulders. Try to feel which position is least stressful and most comfortable. This is the position to maintain when you’re standing, walking, and beginning or ending any exercise.


•Rise and shine. Each morning before you get out of bed, lie on your back and slowly stretch your arms overhead. Gently pull your knees to your chest, one at a time. To rise, roll to the edge of your bed, turn on your side, put your knees over the edge, and use one arm to push yourself up as you let your feet swing to the floor. Once you’re on your feet, put your hands on your buttocks and lean back very slowly to stretch out your spine.


•Rub in some relief. Ask a partner to massage the aching area. If you want to use a “back rub” cream or ointment, go ahead, but use caution, as most topical creams produce skin irritation after a few applications. For a simple back-massage aid, stuff several tennis balls into a long sock, tie the end of the sock, and have your partner roll it over your back.


A natural boost

•Pick a pepper product. Your drugstore carries liniments that contain capsaicin, the heat-producing substance in hot peppers. Applied to your skin, capsaicin depletes nerve endings of a neurochemical called substance P. Researchers have found that substance P is essential for transmitting pain sensations to the brain, so when there’s less substance P in circulation, the pain meter is turned down a bit. Look for a cream or ointment containing 0.075% or 0.025% capsaicin. And be patient: You may have to use it for several weeks to feel the full effect. Stop using it if you begin to feel any skin irritation.


•Three or four times a day, take 500 milligrams of bromelain. Derived from pineapples, this enzyme promotes circulation, reduces swelling, and helps your body reabsorb the by-products of inflammation. Look for strength between 1,200 and 2,400 MCU (milk-clotting units) or 720 and 1,440 GDU (gelatin-dissolving units). Wait for at least an hour after each meal before taking the bromelain, or it will work mainly in your gut instead of your muscles.


•Try taking one 250-milligram capsule of valerian four times a day. Some scientists claim that this herb’s active ingredient interacts with receptors in the brain to cause a sedating effect. Although sedatives are not generally recommended, valerian is much milder than any pharmaceutical product. (Valerian can also be made into a tea, but the smell is so strong-resembling overused gym socks-that capsules are vastly preferable.)

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Best and Worst Exercises to Do When You Have a Cold

Your workout Rx

If you're feeling under the weather, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing—and it's true that when your body's already under a lot of stress, making it do more work isn't always a good idea. But in some cases, light to moderate activity may actually help you feel better.

If your symptoms are above the neck—sneezing, sinus pressure, stuffy nose—then breaking a sweat is generally considered safe. Listen to your body, and consider the following best (and worst) workout options.

Best: Walking

Having a cold may compromise your energy levels, so you may not feel up for intense physical fitness. But even just a 20-minute walk can help you reap the benefits of regular exercise, and it may help improve your cold symptoms, as well.

"If your sinuses are plugged up, walking will stimulate you to take deep breaths and can help open up those passages. (Of course, if you discover that walking—or any type of physical exertion—makes you feel worse, rather than better, stop and focus on getting rest, instead.) Although there's little research on how exercise can affect the duration of a cold, studies have shown that people who regularly work out tend to get sick less, overall.

Best: Jogging

As long as jogging is part of your regular routine, there's no reason you need to skip it just because of a mild head cold. "Running is a natural decongestant, and it can help clear your head and feel normal again." You can scale back the intensity of your normal run, since your body is already working in overdrive to help fight off infection. And the American College on Exercise recommends holding off completely if you're experiencing flu-like or below-the-neck symptoms, like nausea or vomiting.

Best: Yoga

The body releases the stress hormone cortisol while it's fighting infections like the common cold, and research suggests that stress-relieving techniques—such as yoga and breathing exercises—may help boost immunity.

Worst: Endurance Running

Training for a marathon? Skip this weekend's long run if you're sick—even if you're already getting over, or just feel yourself coming down with, a cold. "In general, regular exercise stimulates the immune system and helps keep us healthy,"


Worst: Machines at the Gym

In addition to how you exercise when you're sick, it's also important to consider where you exercise: "If your workout involves going to the gym and being in close contact with other people, you need to ask  yourself if you'd want someone else with your symptoms doing the same thing, If you would not like the person next to you on the treadmill or who finishes before you on the elliptical to be sneezing and coughing and wiping their nose, than do your fellow gym mates a favor and do a lighter workout at home, instead." Germs can spread easily on machines and in the locker room, so it's best to stay away while you're contagious.

Worst: Lifting Weights

Your strength and performance will likely be diminished while you're battling a cold, says Besser—especially if you've missed out on quality sleep—putting you at increased risk for injury while trying to lift heavy equipment. Plus, the muscle strain required to lift weights can cause sinus pressure and headaches to feel even worse, Still don't want to skip a strength workout? Do it at home, where you won't be spreading germs and sharing your sickness with other weight lifters, and give yourself a break by using lighter dumbbells than usual.

Worst: Anything Outdoors in the Cold

Working out in freezing temps may be detrimental to some people battling cold symptoms, but not for the reason you may think. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather in itself will not lower immunity or cause you to get sick—not even if you go outside without a coat or you sweat so much your hair gets wet.

What can happen, however, is that cold, dry air can restrict or irritate airways—triggering a runny nose, coughing, or asthma-like symptoms. If you find that you are sensitive to these conditions, winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing might be even more difficult when you have a cold.

Best or Worst: Swimming and Biking

Like walking and jogging, other forms of moderate cardio can help clear congestion and boost energy levels, but they won't work for everyone. "It's really a matter of personal preference, what type of symptoms you have, and what your normal routine is like," Swimming, for example, can feel quite refreshing, and may help open up airways. (For people who suffer from allergies, it can also help by washing away pollen and dust.) But some people may find it difficult to breathe while congested, or may be irritated by chlorinated waters. Biking can also be a nice, moderate exercise, but may dry out nasal passages and increase symptoms like sore throat and runny nose.

Plus: What about allergies?

Sometimes, what people think of as recurring cold symptoms—sneezing, headaches, nasal congestion—are actually allergies in disguise. "If you find that you are seeing those symptoms come on at the same time each year, you might want to ask your doctor about getting tested," Allergies to pollen and ragweed can make outdoor exercise difficult in the spring and fall, while allergies to dust, mold or harsh cleaners can be triggered by workouts at the gym or in other enclosed spaces. If you can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, an antihistamine or other treatment can likely help you get back to your normal life—and your normal workout routine.

Boost your immunity

They say you are what you eat, so it makes sense that eating healthy foods can help you stay, er, healthy.

"You can't underestimate the importance of good nutrition when it comes to...your immune system,"

"Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants—these are what keeps your body strong, and without them you're not giving your body the edge it needs to ward off infection." And we're not talking just fruits and vegetables: Foods from every food group are represented here. Make them a part of your diet for your best defense against colds and flu.









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Though great progress has been made in medicine, current evidence-based and palliative treatments are increasingly unable to keep pace with patients' needs, especially given our aging population. There are few effective ways to treat the root causes of many diseases, injuries and congenital conditions. In many cases, clinicians can only manage patients' symptoms using medications or devices.

Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair.

Regenerative medicine itself isn't new — the first bone marrow and solid-organ transplants were done decades ago. But advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields have unlocked new opportunities to refine existing regenerative therapies and develop novel ones.


  Three Regenerative Medicine interrelated approaches:

  • Rejuvenation. Rejuvenation means boosting the body's natural ability to heal itself. Though after a cut your skin heals within a few days, other organs don't repair themselves as readily.

    But cells in the body once thought to be no longer able to divide (terminally differentiated) — including the highly specialized cells constituting the heart, lungs and nerves — have been shown to be able to remodel and possess some ability to self-heal.

  • Replacement. Replacement involves using healthy cells, tissues or organs from a living or deceased donor to replace damaged ones. Organ transplants, such as heart and liver transplants, are good examples.

    The center aims to expand opportunities for transplants by finding ways to overcome the ongoing donor shortage, the need for immunosuppression and challenges with organ rejection.

  • Regeneration. Regeneration involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function. This can be done through cell-based therapy or by using cell products, such as growth factors. Bone marrow transplants are an example.

Regenerative medicine holds the promise of definitive, affordable health care solutions that heal the body from within.


The role of stem cells

Stem cells have the ability to develop — through a process called differentiation — into many different types of cells, such as skin cells, brain cells, lung cells and so on. Stem cells are a key component of regenerative medicine, as they open the door to new clinical applications.

Regenerative medicine teams are studying a variety of stem cells, including adult and embryonic stem cells. Also being studied are various types of progenitor cells, such as those found in umbilical cord blood, and bioengineered cells called induced pluripotent stem cells. Each type has unique qualities, with some being more versatile than others.

Many of the regenerative therapies under development  begin with the particular patient's own cells. For example, a patient's own skin cells may be collected, reprogrammed in a laboratory to give them certain characteristics, and delivered back to the patient to treat his or her disease.

Stem cells 101

Stem cells and their use in regenerative medicine have been in the media a lot lately. But what exactly does it mean? Physicians and researchers in the Center for Regenerative Medicine say it has to do with developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, and degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions.


What is the purpose of regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a broad definition for innovative medical therapies that will enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs.


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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)...

During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of injuries.


Many famous athletes — Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition.

PRP is a next-generation injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:

Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
Rotator Cuff Tears
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
ACL Injuries
Pelvic Pain and Instability
Back and Neck Injuries
Tennis Elbow
Ankle Sprains
Ligament Sprains



What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

How does PRP heal the body?

The body's first response to soft tissue is to deliver platelet Cells , Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells , PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need.

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.



 PRP generally results in long-lasting relief because the degenerative tissue has started to regenerate or regrow itself. The bioactive proteins stimulate healing and repair.



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Although determining the cause of back pain and properly treating it can be complicated, preventing pain is actually quite simple: relieving pressure, reducing strain, protecting the spine, and strengthening the muscles. By changing a daily habits you can maintain a healthy, pain-free back no matter your age.

1.                  1.    Strengthen Your Core

A regular strength training routine that focuses on the core muscles can reduce your risk of back injuries. There are many ways to maintain a stronger, more flexible back. Try incorporating back and abdominal strengthening exercises into your daily routine 2-3 times a week.


2.               2.     Change Your Shoes

Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are best bets for back pain prevention. They reduce the strain on the back while standing. Sorry, ladies: pumps with less than a 1-inch heel are the best bet for your back.

3.      Correct Your Posture

Good posture isn't just a way to look more proper. It protects the intricate pieces of your spine to keep them functioning and healthy. Bad posture puts strain and stress on the back and can actually change the architecture of the spine itself. Avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching, or bending sideways while standing.

4.      Create a Supportive Work Space

When sitting in your office chair, use the same good posture techniques you would use while standing. Because many of us spend hours each day sitting down, it’s critical that you maintain good posture and support your back.

5.      Quit  Smoking

We all know smoking is a serious health risk. Studies have found smokers are also more likely than nonsmokers to experience back pain. One reason for the higher risk is that nicotine restricts the blood flow to the disks in the spine. This can cause them to dry out, crack, or rupture. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, which causes a reduction in nourishment to the muscles and tendons in the back. An unhealthy, weak back is more vulnerable to accidental strains and pulls that cause back pain.

6.      Stretch and Move

Standing, sitting, or lying down in one place for an extended amount is not healthy for your back. Our bodies were meant to move. At least every couple hours throughout the day get up, walk around, and do some simple stretches. This will help keep the blood flowing through the bones and muscles of your back. It will also ease away any strains or aches caused by inactivity.





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