Scar Tissue Treatment
Hey everybody, it's Doctor Christopher Wellwood at the Regenerative Medicine Institute. Today I'd like to talk to you about a patient that we had seen earlier, that I think you guys might enjoy. One of the things that I talked about in my prior vlogs was scar tissue treatment, and I just touched on it briefly. One of the things that I thought I'd like to talk to you about today is that, scar tissue often times is extremely painful. Now, there is various techniques that actually treat the scar whether that's a C-section scar, which is probably our most common treatment here, or whether it's a post-surgical scar to fix a piriformis issue, or ankles, which we see a lot of that as well, or shoulders. Anything that is basically cutting into your skin, can create scar tissue. One of the things that we find is that scar tissue becomes chronically irritating and chronically painful.
That's not because the surgeon did anything wrong. They did absolutely everything correct, in the majority of cases. The problem is that some people have altered healing capacities, one, because I know we talked about cortisol before, and adrenal system, it can be an altered cortisol issue; two, they could have a connective tissue disorder; three, they could have a genetic issue such as, African-American or not, or Ashkenazi Jews, which basically takes the scar tissue and blows it up. For example they could have just had multiple surgeries in the area, or decreased oxygenation. What I often times see in my chiropractic practice as well as in the regenerative medicine world is that scar tissues adheres. What I mean by that is that instead of it looking like this, and I'm fitting together very easily, they shrink, they twist, they deform and they basically kind of glue together. When they glue together, you can see just if my hands do that, that it doesn't move very well whereas normal tissue moves like this. Scar tissues adheres together and during the formation of scar tissue the body doesn't know what's going on.
It tries to figure out what's going on by throwing very small nerves that basically 'sense' the area, and it caccoons it. It encircles and encapsulates that scar tissue and when those nerves don't go away, then we have a lot of pain due to the scar tissue adhesions. What we've done prior with physical medicine is, your acupunctures will go in there and needle it, you massage there, basically your physical therapist and chiropractor will go in there and then will do what's called cross friction therapy so we'll kind of scrape along the side, you can do Graston Technique which is taking a big silver-looking tool and they'll scrape it and basically to get rid of those adhesions so that we can get increase in blood flow and those nerves can go down there, and lo and behold, you have pain relief. But when you have a scar that you can't do those with, then prolozone might actually be a fantastic way to help you heal, whether it's prolozone itself so using ozone to actually stimulate stem cells that we've break it up, or PRP, platelet rich plasma to increase growth factors or if we use neural prolotherapy to regenerate the nerve damage around there, and thereby reducing the ability or the body's need for those adhesive nerves. There's lots of really neat therapies that we can do. But one of the things that I prefer to do is, with any type of adhesions, whether that's scar tissue, or iliotibial band stuff, that's the thing that runs along down your thigh, whether that adheres, or even chronic muscle spasms, is that, I'm always going to go right back to this, because this tough work's amazing, is we use prolozone. Now why does prolozone works so well in scars? If you have that adhesion in there, if I can twist my fingers back, turning like that, you're not getting a lot of movement, which means you're not getting a lot of blood flow, which means you are not healing it very much.
One of the things that ozone works with is ozone is a gas. When I'm injecting I'm actually injecting a gas. If you're like this and I actually inject right into that scar tissue a gas, what does a gas do? Gases expand, right? They expand and make things bigger. We are breaking up adhesions so when we inject it we actually expand it and it does this, and it unfolds itself. It's not necessarily for breaking things up, which we are, but we're actually unfolding the damaged tissues and that allows the stem cells to actually go in there and replace and regenerate them as they should be occurring. Increases blood flow, increases oxygenation, increases what's called arteriogenesis, that's basically the arteries and the veins starting to go in there. That's one of the benefits of actually getting prolozone, is that, it expands that area that's damaged and crinkled up, and causing a lot of pain. If you have scar tissues out there, I expect the call.
Not only because it will reduce that inflammation and that redness that you're probably noticing, but all those painful things when your kids jump on you, because your C-section is really, really tender, or if your dog puts its paws up on there, and you notice that you're actually having scar tissue pain, then I hope you call me. This is Doctor Christopher Wellwood at the Regenerative Medicine Institute, don't hesitate to call me at 509-299-6900. Yours in good health.
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