Are you providing the right environment for healing?
A lot of my patients coming to me for Regenerative Injection Therapies haven't thought much about all the factors external to and leading up to their main concern. The one that stops them from exercising and wakes them up due to the pain.
Pain and immobility to not exist in a vacuum.
What led up to it?
What (if known) caused it?
What's making it worse?
What's impeding your recovery?
Most chronic injuries and pain are due to a variety of factors. Maybe it was that weird tweaking motion while moving boxes, but what set the stage to make your knee susceptible?
I suspect that most of us collect unhealthy movement patterns over the course of our life. Hips not moving right, maybe then causing knees and/or back to not move right. Maybe it started with the feet. Maybe it just started with terrible posture while using a phone or computer for hours on end.
Then couple that with very-common mild nutritional deficiencies, chronic stress, lack of fresh air, relaxation and exercise, and well, that's just a recipe for chronic pain and immobility.
So Regenerative Injection Therapies are great. Wonderful. I love Prolotherapy and Platelet Therapy and am beyond ecstatic to be offering them to my patients. But for many, they can be much more effective when coupled with proper movement and nutrition on an on-going basis.
For that reason I work frequently with Chiropractors, Acupuncturists (often at Heart Spring Health where I practice), Physical Therapists (often at New Heights) and Personal Trainers (often at Training Day) to collaborate and work together to provide the best healthcare and the best health and performance outcomes possible.
Because I truly do want what is best for my patients. And if that involves Prolotherapy or Platelet Therapy, then I let them know. But often times there are foundations of health that are not yet in place as much as would help the injection therapies truly be their most effective. And in that case, I also let my patients know. It is about them, and what will be of most help for them, their health concerns and their health and performance goals.