Bumps and bruises, sprains and strains—any type of sports injury is likely to require some healing time. But, contrary to popular belief, the majority of sports injuries do not require surgery. As opposed to an invasive surgery, there are natural methods and supplements that heal your body in a much healthier way and in much less time.
Dr. Alexander Kulick has built his entire medical practice around this philosophy. With his training in both Western medicine and alternative therapies, Dr. Kulick knows exactly how to heal sports injuries and keep his patients out of the operating room. Don’t believe the lies that traditional doctors and orthopedic surgeons will tell you. They will want to schedule you for surgery the minute you walk in the door. Their solutions will promise short-term success, but you may suffer when it comes to long-term results. Dr. Kulick’s treatments aim for holistic and long-lasting wellness.
Here are a few non-surgical methods for treating sports injuries:
- Ultrasound: An ultrasound sends high-energy sound waves into the injured area of the body and the surrounding tissues. This can increase the temperature of the tissues, which stimulates blood flow and reduces healing time. Some experts also say that ultrasound stimulates the production of collagen and increases the strength of the injured tissue. Ultrasound is a very useful treatment for individuals with sports injuries to the ligaments, tendons, or cartilage.
Ultrasound is also extremely useful when it comes to treating sports injuries with injections. Dr. Kulick is specially trained in using ultrasound to visualize the exact location of nerves and tissues in the body. He uses an ultrasound-guided injection of saline to carefully free trapped nerves. This treatment is usually only completed with surgery, but Dr. Kulick’s ultrasound procedure can be done in the office in less than 40 minutes. On the contrary, surgery would require weeks of hospital payments, healing, and downtime.
- Nutritional medicine: Dr. Kulick is specialized in using herbal medicine to treat the underlying causes of sports injuries, not just the symptoms. In fact, proper nutrition and herbal supplements can heal the body from the inside out. With Dr. Kulick’s precise guidance, herbal supplements are used to relieve swelling, inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain that commonly accompany sports injuries. Where surgery cuts through and weakens the body, nutritional medicine strengthens susceptible tissues and can help prevent future injuries.
- PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: The integrity of all our joints—knee, wrist, hip, shoulder, ankle—are maintained by ligaments and tendons. Essentially ligaments and tendons are the rope that binds bones and joints together. Either through sports injury or age, there is wear and tear that takes a major toll on our ligaments. With PRP treatment the patient’s own blood is placed in a centrifuge leaving a serum high in platelets. When these platelets are injected into the injured area it works as a laser guided missile to begin the healing process via an inflammatory response. This is a non-surgical option that can be completed between 3-6 treatments, approximately 3 works apart.
From professional sports players to recreational athletes to exercise gurus—nobody likes to be injured. Everybody wants a quick fix that will get him or her back in action as soon as possible. For many individuals, the first thing that comes to mind is surgery. It seems like the ultimate solution that will fix the injury and strengthen the body. But, in reality, that concept is absolutely false.
In many cases, having surgery to correct sports injuries only extends healing time and weakens the body. However, natural treatments like ultrasound, nutritional medicine, and PRP can non-invasively treat the root cause of the sports injury. By getting this type of treatment from an alternative medicine specialist like Dr. Kulick, you are ensuring that your body will be free from swelling, inflammation, free radicals, pain, and any other element that could hold you back from being your best.