Orthopedic surgery -- from joint repair to joint replacement -- is an incredibly traumatic experience on the body. There is significant pain and trauma from the actual surgery, and a long road to recovery for most patients. Incorporating naturopathic medicine can make a big difference for orthopedic surgery patients by substantially reducing post surgery pain and inflammation, and by speeding up recovery by stimulating and enhancing the body's natural recovery process. Faster recover and more engagement in physical therapy have a tremendous impact on a patient's ability to return to a high level of activity.
Born out of her experience as both a Naturopathic Doctor and a Physical Therapist, Dr. Wicher develops treatment plans for patients who are having orthopedic surgery. It's ideal to start the program before surgery to prepare your body for your surgical procedure, but acceptable to start treatment after surgery. Patients experience far less pain, inflammation and are provided with a variety of nutritional supplements, enzymes and other nutraceuticals to speed up recovery and to minimize the risk of infections and other complications.
Dr. Wicher's first patient was herself. While finishing medical school in 2002, Dr. Wicher required ACL autograft surgery from a sports injury. Post-surgery, she didn't require ANY pain medication and her recover time was less than 1/2 the expected time.
Dr. Wicher used this experience and the last decade of practice to build on and expand the tools available for her patients undergoing orthopedic surgery, including patients who are having joint replacement surgery. Dr. Wicher is at the forefront of this newly evolving field of medicine.
Free 15-Minute Discussion
If you or a loved one is planning on having orthopedic surgery, Dr. Wicher is happy to extend a free 10-minute discussion to understand a patient's particular surgery, explain what to expect from her treatment plan and answer other questions you may have. To schedule your discussion with Dr. Wicher call our front office at (626)303-3300.
Can you avoid or delay surgery?
Orthopedic is often necessary but sometimes it isn't. Patients experiencing joint pain from an injury or age, may want to considering injection therapies availble at our Clinic. Prolotherapy and Prolozone therapy are popular injection techniques that stimulate the body's natural health and recovery mechanisms. To enhance a patient's care, Dr. Wicher creates a personalized treatment plan that includes dietary supplements and other supportive treatments to promote healing and recover.
Prolotherapy uses your body’s natural inflammation response to create healing. This is primarily through the use of dextrose, which is injected near the ligament or tendon at the site where it attaches to the bone. The dextrose causes a localized inflammation response, which increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients, thus stimulating the tissue to repair itself.
Prolozone uses oxygen to create healing. This is primarily through the use of ozone, a highly reactive form of oxygen. Ozone is infused into the area aftera mixture of homeopathic anti-inflammatoriesis injected near the joint space. The ozone, in addition to the benefits of the homeopathic solution, re-establishes circulation and supplies oxygen, thus stimulating healing.
To learn more, download our brochure on Joint Pain or call our Clinic with any questions.