Private Sports Medicine and Regenerative (Restorative) Medicine Clinic
Dr. Chantal Ducasse offers innovative regenerative medicine solutions for painful musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Dr. Ducasse holds a diploma in sports and exercise medicine (Dip Med Sport – ACMSE). Over the last few years, she has developed a keen interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems using regenerative medicine, also known as restorative medicine.
Regenerative medicine is growing in popularity and provides an alternative solution to cortisone treatments. It offers lasting, long-term relief from chronic pain, instead of short-term pain relief. Dr. Ducasse wishes to further assist patients with osteoarthritis through regenerative medicine. This approach is excellent for the elderly, for manual workers, and for athletes.
The Evolution of Regenerative Medicine (Restorative Medicine)
Regenerative medicine aims to regenerate and heal tissue through injections:
- Percutaneous needle tenotomy (dry needling)
- Prolotherapy (hyperosmolar dextrose injections)
- Platelet-Rich Plasma injections (PRP)
- Stem cell injections (still experimental but very promising)
Viscosupplementation also helps protect the cartilage from the joints.
The term prolotherapy means: proliferative therapy
TENDONITIS, TENDINOSIS & TENDINOPATHY
Are you possibly suffering from tendonitis or tendinopathy?
Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon, a thick cord that connects bone to muscle. We now know that tendon pain is either tendonitis (acute condition with inflammation in the tendon) or tendinosis (a more chronic condition). Tendinopathy is a term used to describe various pathologies of tendons.
Are your joints causing you pain?
Osteoarthritis affects 3 million Canadians, or one in 10 people. This disease touches men as well as women, and usually starts at age 45. It affects the hands, hips, knees, toes, etc.
CALCIFIC TENDONITIS OF THE SHOULDER
Recurring shoulder pain?
Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder could be the source of this pain. An X-ray or ultrasound of the joint will identify the problem.
Low back pain (lumbar pain) can originate from ligaments, muscles, nerves or joints that surround the vertebrae. At first, it is necessary to determine the root cause of the pain through a medical questionnaire and careful examination.
Recurring headaches or neck pain?
Cervicalgia (cervical pain) can come from ligaments, muscles, nerves or joints that surround the vertebrae. At first, it is necessary to determine the root cause of the pain through a medical questionnaire and careful examination.
SPRAIN, TENDONITIS, AND ARTHRITIS
What is the difference?
Sprains refer only to ligament injuries. Tendonitis and tendinopathy are tendon injuries. Arthritis or arthralgia are joint injuries.
FACET JOINT OSTEOARTHRITIS
This painful condition can be treated with cortisone injections. These are performed with the guidance of an ultrasound or fluoroscopy machine. Dr. Ducasse uses the ultrasound machine.
Inflammation of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel can be treated by cortisone injection with ultrasound guidance.