One of the best things about working in the field of medicine is that new technologies and therapies continually emerge, allowing us to provide even better care for our patients.
And one of the most exciting treatments to come along in a while is Amniovo, a regenerative injection therapy that has proven to be an extremely effective and safe treatment for many kinds of soft tissue injuries, including heel pain. It’s even been used to treat world-class athletes—but you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy its many benefits.
We are happy to offer Amniovo as an advanced treatment option for our patients who require (or simply desire) a faster, safer, drug-free, and non-surgical solution to their foot and ankle problem. This is an outpatient procedure performed at a local hospital.
What Is Amniovo and How Does It Work?
Amniovo is a medical product derived from amniotic and placental tissue.
Amniotic tissue has in fact been used for many decades as an advanced therapy to help wounds heal faster, and was usually administered in the form of a patch or wrap.
However, more recent technological advances have allowed it to be “micronized,” or in other words broken down into a form that can be injected directly into the site of an injury.
Amniotic tissue is rich in growth factors (including epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor, and platelet-derived growth factor) that are crucial for the tissue repair and regeneration processes. Once injected into your body, Amniovo helps boost and accelerate the natural healing process, helping bring pain and injury to a swifter resolution.
What Conditions Can Amniovo Treat?
Amniovo is effective for a wide range of soft tissue injuries and inflammatory conditions, particularly heel pain conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Often, chronic injuries that have not responded to more conventional treatments will respond well to Amniovo, helping you finally overcome your pain without surgery.
We routinely use Amniovo in conjunction with Tenex treatment, a minimally invasive procedure for chronic tendon pain, as it can help patients make full recoveries even faster. It can also be used in conjunction with more conventional surgical procedures to help accelerate the healing of the surgical site.
What Is the Procedure Like?
There are no special preparations you need to make before an Amniovo injection, apart from those associated with any other procedure that may be administered concurrently (e.g., surgery).
The injection itself is performed at a nearby hospital, so if we determine that Amniovo is right for you during your initial consult, we would help you set up an additional appointment to get the injection itself.
The procedure is extremely quick, with minimal time needed for both prep and recovery. The experience is very similar to getting a cortisone injection, although the results are much more powerful and potentially longer-lasting. There may be some mild soreness near the injection site for a few days following the injection, but this is often less than other forms of injection therapy.
Is Amniovo Safe?
Amniovo is extremely safe, with few contraindications and no reported major side effects.
Amniotic tissue is “immune privileged,” and all of the growth factors and other biological elements that make up the Amniovo injection are completely natural and used by the body. That means the risk of rejection or any significant adverse reaction to the treatment is extremely low.
Amniotic tissue is voluntarily donated after scheduled C-sections, and poses no risks whatsoever to mother or child. The tissue is rigorously screened and purified under a highly specialized process.
Amniovo for Athletes
Although Amniovo can be effective for patients of all ages and activity levels, it is particularly appealing for athletes.
Whether administered as part of a conservative treatment approach or as an adjunct to surgery, Amniovo can help significantly increase treatment success rates and bring a swifter resolution to the injury, reducing rehab time and allowing you to return to your chosen sport sooner. Overall outcomes tend to be superior with Amniovo, particularly after surgery.
Remember, though, that it is not a “magic bullet.” It is one component of a treatment plan which may include additional components, such as physical therapy or custom orthotics. Carefully following your complete treatment plan will help ensure the best possible outcome.
Is Amniovo Right for Me?
Amniovo is a treatment that we highly recommend for many of our patients, but it is only one of many different approaches we may consider for treating chronic soft tissue pain. We always tailor our treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
If you are dealing with persistent heel pain, ankle pain, or concerns with your feet or ankles, please give us a call at (516) 541-9000. Let’s find the best form of treatment that meets your needs.