At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge that ankle pain can be disabling. Ankle pain can arise from multiple sources which include ankle osteoarthritis, ligament laxity, tendon tears and degenerative lumbar disorders. Stem cell therapy is an alternative to ankle surgery. Surgery is associated with risks and can often times accelerate the degeneration.
JW is an active nurse who sustained an ankle injury while participating in Cross-Fit. Her pain was constant with weight-bearing, non progressive in nature, localized on the lateral aspect of the ankle with radiations into the little toe. Physical examination was signficant for tenderness in the lateral ankle, laxity and multiple trigger points in calf and lumbar spine.
MRI was signficant for a partial tear in the peroneus brevus tendon and injury to the anterior talo-fibular ligament.
She declined surgical recommendations and opted to prolotherapy which is the injection of an irritant intended to initiate an inflammatory response and strengthen ligaments.
At the Centeno=Schultz Clinic prolotherapy is performed utilizing MSK ultrasound guidance which ensures accurate needle placement. Treatment was targeted at both the peroneus tendon but also the other critical ankle ligaments. Stability is a central element as discussed in Ortho 2.o.
Adjunct therapies included IMS, flexion/extension examination of the lumbar spine, deep water immersion exercises and low carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrate restriction and proper nutrition has been linked with improved stem cell numbers and function.
After three prolotherapies, IMS treatment and 15 lb loss JW reports a 90% improvement and has resumed her running and cycling.
Great job Jennifer.