Ligaments are very strong connective tissue composed of smaller fibrous tissues. They connect bones to other bones and are critical in stabilizing joints.
When ligaments are acutely or chronically injured, they create instability and pain. If left untreated it causes pain, instability and early degeneration of joints. Many times if ligament injuries are left untreated or not fully treated it leads to surgery or need of replacement of the joint.
The regenerative process fully heals the ligaments. Allowing you to get rid of the pain, restore stability to the joint, prevent early degenerative joint disease and stabilizing arthritic joints. Through appropriate treatments, you can reestablish strength to a ligament even if it is and old or chronic injury and preserve strength and function.
Once the structure is healed from the regenerative process an injured patient is then able to reestablish functional movement and strength. In this step the compensation patterns that were established are fixed and new correct movement and strength patterns are developed thus reducing risk of re-injury.
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.
Evaluation of injury by physical exam
Imaging: X-ray, CT, diagnostic ultrasound, MRI to determine significance of injured structures
Temporary stabilization of structure using orthotics, bracing devices, or cam walker boot
Laser light therapy
Hypertonic dextrose solution - Prolotherapy
Amniotic tissue matrix
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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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”.
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.