Acupuncture – Traditions and Modern Research

As medical director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Dr. Farshchian employs orthopedic regenerative medicine and nonsurgical techniques to treat people suffering from injuries and arthritis. The techniques Dr. Farshchian covers on his television program, The Arthritis Show, include acupuncture, which involves the insertion and manipulation of specialized needles into the body.

With origins in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture has its basis on a theory that qi, a flow of energy, controls the various functions of the body. This energy flow can become unbalanced, and the insertion of needles stimulates certain areas of the body and opens them up to an uninterrupted flow of energy. However, modern research has not found any biological or physical basis for the concept of qi. As a result, the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating pain (with the exception of neck issues) has been brought into question. Some studies have indicated that the benefits of acupuncture may be accounted for by the placebo effect, although the treatment is considered safe when undertaken by experienced practitioners.

Sisacroiliac Injections for Back Pain

At the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Medical Director Dr.Farshchian oversees a team of professionals who treat patients suffering from the pain of arthritis and injuries. The center specializes in nonsurgical sports medicine and orthopedics. To help patients attain a functional level of health, Dr. Farshchian utilizes various modalities of treatment and pain management for patients experiencing knee, shoulder, and back pain. Sisacroiliac injections are a standard form of therapy for back pain.

The sacroiliac joint connects the spine with the pelvis. Technically, it is the location where the iliac bones and the sacrum join. Physical problems in this area result from trauma or from injury sustained over a long period. In addition to injuries related to hard impact, other common sources of problems are arthritis, the wearing away of cartilage, and muscle tightness.

After diagnosis, physicians use various treatment options for sacroiliac joint pain, including applications of ice or heat, massage or physical therapy, and medication. For chronic problems, doctors often treat sacroiliac joint pain with injections. At the office of Dr. Farshchian, he and his staff use injections to relieve back pain from arthritis. With the patient lying face down, he first locates the problem area using touch and ultrasound technology. Next, he administers a local anesthetic to the skin and tissue surrounding the sacroiliac joint. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, he injects medication into the sacroiliac joint using a syringe. Unlike the more common treatments that contain steroid medication, he uses a solution of natural medications. In the final step, he covers the surface wound with a bandage.

Autologous Cell Therapy for Arthritis

An expert in non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Farshchian serves as the medical director of the Miami-based Center for Regenerative Medicine, an organization he founded in 2000. His center treats patients with joint pain and cartilage damage in the body, particularly in the knees, shoulder, and spine. The goal of treatment is to assist patients in regaining a functional level of health. Cell therapy is one of several types of treatment utilized by Dr. Farshchian for addressing medical issues related to arthritis and pain.

In autologous cell therapy, physicians use the patient’s own cells to repair damaged joints. The patient’s undifferentiated cells can form into new cartilage or ligaments, or other tissue that will replace damaged arthritic joints. Autologous cell therapy has a clear advantage over the use of the more controversial embryonic stem cell procedures because there is no risk of cell rejection. Moreover, autologous cell therapy avoids the problem of potential tumor development that is associated with embryonic stem cell replacement.

Previously performed only in a hospital setting, technological advances allow physicians to perform autologous cell therapy in outpatient venues. Doctors are able to harvest patient cells from only 30 to 50 cubic centimeters of blood, which are ready for injection within 20 minutes. The blood platelets contain growth factors that stimulate mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which differentiate into the precursors of new tissue types, such as bone, ligaments, and cartilage. Therefore, autologous cell therapy can reduce pain in most patients without side effects or surgery.

Dr. Farshchian – Exercising with Arthritis

Dr. Alimorad Farshchian is a renowned expert in the treatments of arthritis. As medical director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian helps improve the quality of life of patients suffering from this condition.

One of the difficulties people with arthritis and other types of joint conditions face is living an active lifestyle while experiencing joint pain and discomfort. Combining the exercise and meditative disciplines of T’ai chi, Yoga, and Qigong can help to address this problem.

T’ai chi involves slow, controlled movements that are gentle on the joints. The practice of Yoga helps to increase flexibility, strength and balance. Finally, Qigong is a martial arts school that focuses on breath, slow repetition of movements, and body awareness. Combining these three distinct disciplines can make exercise feasible and comfortable for people suffering from arthritis and similar conditions.