Does Biopuncture Injection Therapy Speed Up Injury Recovery?
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, November 30th, 2018
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, many of our patients are athletes eager to return back to sports after an injury. Naturally, our patients all want to know how recovery can be expedited, so they can get back to competing. Conventional wisdom has said that popping an ibuprofen makes life more bearable and interventions like icing, elevating, and compressing help. But is there something that could potentially speed up the recovery process? NYC podiatrists discuss biopuncture injection therapy.
You’ve probably heard of complementary therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy, but you may not have heard of biopuncture. This minimally-invasive treatment is available at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to treat a variety of conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and ankle sprains.
What Is Biopuncture Injection Therapy?
Biopuncture originated in Europe in the late 2000s as a more natural approach to injury care. Traditional injection therapies work by suppressing symptoms of injury like swelling or pain. However, biopuncture actively stimulates blood circulation and promotes tissue repair. Patients are injected with a diluted solution of plant-based materials and minerals, which stimulate the body’s natural release of growth factors used in healing.
The ingredients in a biopuncture solution vary. Botanicals like chamomile and arnica are commonly used. Bio-identical plant hormones or a patient’s own blood (called “platelet-rich plasma”) can even be injected. Common athletic injury preparations include Traumeel, Zeel, or Lymphomyosot. These products reduce inflammation (which, in turn, reduces pain) and aid in tissue repair, without all the side effects of cortisone or the ineffectiveness of over-the-counter pain relievers.
Who Should Try It?
Rarely is biopuncture used as a standalone treatment. More commonly, we offer it in addition to other services. “We use it with patients who have had failed conventional treatments or in situations where cortisone is inappropriate, especially around tendons,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Director of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Unfortunately, if you’ve completely torn a ligament or tendon, surgery is likely the best option for healing.
One of our patients had been suffering with chronic Achilles pain, having seemingly “tried it all” prior to coming in to see us. We put the patient into a CAM Walker Boot for immobilization and treated them with EPAT shockwave therapy, biopuncture, and physical therapy. Miraculously, the patient was back playing competitive basketball in a month.
Biopuncture Injection Therapy in NYC
After examination and diagnosis, we use a thin needle to inject doses of biopuncture solution into the affected muscle, joint, or tendon. There is little to no discomfort. Multiple areas can be injected in the same sitting in 20 to 60 minutes. The cost of treatment ranges from $70 to $120 per visit. Typically, the effects are seen in five weekly sessions. For long-term, chronic injuries, it can take longer. While most insurers do not cover the cost, getting back to your activities quicker may be worth exploring.
With any kind of newer treatment, we recommend seeing an experienced practitioner who will make sure you get the proper treatment. In addition to biopuncture, we offer laser therapy, cryotherapy, ultrasonic debridement, platelet-rich plasma, therapeutic ultrasound, shockwave treatment, and other exciting new treatments. You don’t need a physician’s referral to come see us. Contact us today!
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.