Ankles and Injuries: How We Can Help
Our bodies are fascinating, and so full of life, but sometimes injuries or age slows us down. Take our ankles. The ankle joins the foot and leg, and the inner bone, the tibia also known as the shinbone, supports most of the weight of your body. So you can say the ankle is pretty important for our mobility.
At McKenna Orthopedics, Dr. Wade McKenna has published a case study on CellR4 Repair, Replacement, Regeneration & Reprogramming on treating severe chronic Achilles tendon injury using bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), which contains several types of stem cells known to rebuild tissue. After ten weeks ultrasound-guided injections into the tendon, MRI imaging confirmed significant healing. At 32 weeks, MRI images showed that the tendon was almost completely healed.
The study focused on 27 patients that underwent surgery augmented with bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). Out of this group of patients 25 returned to their sport after six months post-treatment. Patients were walking without a boot in two months and were able to participate in light activity at around three months. This group of patients saw excellent results, which included no re-ruptures and early mobilization.
At McKenna Orthopedics, we are augmenting BMAC with a proprietary, pliable tissue allograft (transplant) derived from human placental amnion, which functions as a biologic structural matrix to facilitate and enhance tissue healing and repair. It contains 108 different growth factors including more than 10 times the amount of WNT-4 and more than 60 times the amount of prostaglandin as competing products.
Prostaglandin inhibits inflammation, which occurs after injury and marks the beginning of the healing process. The faster we can tame this inflammation, the sooner the body can move on to the next phase of healing, regeneration. WNT4 is arguably the single most important molecule required for wound healing.
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