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.
A muscle strain is an injury to a muscle and/or the associated tendons. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to the bone. Muscle Strains often occur in one's foot, leg (typically the hamstring) or back.
Similar to sprains, a strain may be a simple stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial or complete tear in the muscle-and-tendon combination.
Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. Most common muscles that are injured in the lower extremity is the gastroc/sole (gastrocnemius) complex. This is commonly injured at the junction of the muscle and the tendon in the back of the calf. Next would be muscles in the deep posterior compartment also know as "shin splints" caused by overuse of the muscle compartment, common in runners, sprinters and jumping sports.
Rest and immobilization are the primary treatments. These injuries can have long recoveries due to the high level of stress placed upon them with simple daily actives. The regenerative protocols can quickly restore the injured muscle and minimize down-time from activity.
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.