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Regenerative medicine creates a stimulating factor in one's body, telling it to start to recover in an appropriate way, helping to restore tissue to being whole.

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine utilizes what your body can innately do and stimulate it in a very powerful way that will help it recover.
We’re not talking about recovery as in post surgery or post injury where one's body repairs and fills with more fibrous tissue or scar tissue. Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine helps a body repair in a way encourages full regeneration and complete restoration of tissue.

How does it work?

We accomplish regeneration or restoring tissue back to its whole through a process. One simple injection doesn’t necessarily do it; rather it is a process of stimulating tissue that has sustained an injury, whether acutely or chronically to prep itself to recover in a 'whole' way.

Then, we intervene with a grafting that is performed through injections of tissue called an "extracellular matrix." Regenerative medicine creates a stimulating factor in one's body, telling it to start to recover in an appropriate way, helping to restore tissue to being whole.

Low Light Laser Therapy

Low Light Laser Therapy or LLLT is focused infrared light (laser = focused light). Extensive research studies continue to show the potent effect of LLLT for healing and stimulating your own body's stem cells and healing cascade to promote repair and regeneration of treated tissue. It achieves this by two methods:

  • Stimulating the mitochondria with your cells (photobiomodulation)
  • The release of nitric oxide from blood vessels that increases blood flow to treated area (angiogenic effect)

Additionally, Low Light Laser Therapy is based on two principles:

  • Watt = power
  • Joules = energy Joules, or energy, delivered to tissue is what stimulates healing.

How does LLLT work?

Lasers that produce lower watts will deliver fewer joules requiring more treatments to achieve the correct dose or joules to promote healing.

Regeneration = Full restoration of tissues without scaring, restoring full function to injured tissue.

Repair = Healing of tissue with a mix of tissue and scar. Which causes decreased tissue mobility and pliability, potentially limiting function and leaving the risk of future injury or decreased function.

Piezoelectric Impulse Therapy

Piezoelectric Impulse Therapy (or Piezo) is an electromagnetic impulse that has the capacity to stimulate one's body to recover from both acute and chronic injuries. Through this unique approach of electromagnetic impulses or shock waves, Piezoelectric Impulse Therapy stimulates the muscle, tendon, bone, and cartilage to begin the healing cascade.

Piezoelectric treatment is a new and innovative treatment that has only recently become available in the United States for patient care.

How does Piezoelectric it work?

The impulses from the piezoelectric system are delivered directly to the injured tissues. The focus of the healing cascade is now at reducing inflammation and pain to the injured region, promoting quick and aggressive healing and minimizes (or even eliminates) poor or scarred recovery.

Dr. Thomas Hecker uses the most advanced shockwave system. Unlike other methods that use low impact air impulse, Piezo is a unique electromagnetic impulse system that stimulates tissue, requiring fewer treatments with greater success.

The Regenerative Protocol

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    Evaluation of injury by physical exam

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    Imaging: X-ray, CT, diagnostic ultrasound, MRI to determine significance of injured structures

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    Temporary stabilization of structure using orthotics, bracing devices, or cam walker boot

Regenerative Treatments

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    Piezoelectric impulse

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    Laser light therapy

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    Hypertonic dextrose solution - Prolotherapy

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    Amniotic tissue matrix

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    Regenerative Injection

How much does it cost?

The procedures we offer at Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine are comparatively inexpensive and are much more complete having a substantial recovery than other treatments.
There are a lot of people who are not good candidates for surgery simply because of where they are in life, like having to take three months off for surgery.

Our protocols allow patients to recover well without necessarily having to take time off of work. We are here to get patients better in the midst of doing “life”.

What Makes Dr. Hecker Different?

The short answer is that our Fort Collins podiatry clinic has a patient-centered focus on non-surgical repair and “return to life activities”, not expensive (and sometimes unnecessary) surgery. We believe it is important for you to understand and have help with all of your healing options and foot maintenance.

Thomas Hecker DPM has a mission: to bring techniques and opportunities to people that are less expensive than conventional procedures, require less downtime, yet still offer the ability for very successful and very high-end recovery.

Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine is doing more that just helping to make a body better or building a better scar; we’re restoring the tissue back to its whole, how it was originally intended to function.

Dr. Thomas Hecker

Dr. Hecker graduated Colorado State University in Fort Collins before completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed a two-year podiatric surgical residency at St. Mary's of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, before entering private practice in 1996.

Since then he as developed effective regenerative and non-surgical treatments for all types of biomechanical injuries and chronic pain.

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