OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT FOR MEN – LOW TESTOSTERONE
Hormone therapy isn’t just for women! Many men experience a loss of hormones, mainly testosterone, as they age. Surprisingly, men’s testosterone levels start declining around the age of 30. Many men start to have symptoms by the age of 40, for some it is later. This decline of testosterone is known as andropause, which is sometimes referred to as “male menopause.” However, the loss of testosterone is not always due to aging, it can be caused by many things. Sometimes the culprit can be an underlying health condition such as diabetes, liver disease, obesity, pituitary gland problems, injuries to the testicle, tumors, alcohol or substance abuse. Some medical treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy can cause testosterone to drop, and medications such as steroids can also contribute. Environmental toxins and stress also play a role in our hormone levels. Low testosterone gives into dominance by another hormone in our body, estrogen.
This imbalance can create many troublesome issues including:
- Loss of energy and motivation
- Decrease in sex drive
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Mood swings and/or Irritability
- Erectile dysfunction
- Larger breasts
- Testicular atrophy
- Loss of hair
- Poor concentration
- Low sperm count
- Loss of bone density
- Urinary problems
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
The providers at Medical Specialists have over 15 years of experience working in this field. They obtain a health history, do an exam and perform laboratory tests to carefully examine where your levels are at and try to get to the root cause of any symptoms you may be experiencing. They review the results with you and work with you to create a plan for treatment that you are comfortable with. If your testosterone is low it can be treated with bio-identical testosterone injections, gels, creams, lozenges, or pellets that are placed under the skin. The solution is customized based on your needs and preferences.
Once your testosterone is at an optimal level you will be amazed by how good you feel! Our goal is to help you live your BEST life at any age!
(*Note: Most major medical insurance plans are accepted.)
Sexual Health is a reflection of your overall health and affects your mind, body and soul. We know that it is tied to your self esteem and is an important part of your life.
We know this is a sensitive subject and these issues can be difficult to discuss but we are committed to providing a confidential and caring environment to help improve your sexual health. We can help with the physical issues you may be experiencing, with the goal of healing your body, to help you get things back on track. We want you to experience fulfillment and happiness no matter your situation or age!
Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to attain and/or maintain a penile erection for satisfactory sexual performance. ED is a broad term used to describe many problems with an erection and is often caused by physical factors. We use the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatment protocols available to help improve your erectile dysfunction. We work with you to put together a customized plan tailored to your needs and preferences.
Statistics you should be aware of:
- 50% of men over the age of forty experience some degree of erectile dysfunction
- 95% of patients with erectile dysfunction can be helped
- Only 10% of men seek treatment for erection difficulties
- 90% of the time, physiological factors are the cause of the problem, while 10% of issues can be compounded with psychological factors.
In recent years there have been exciting advancements in the treatment of ED. The providers at Medical Specialists stay up to date on the latest technology and treatment protocols and will work with you to identify what solution, or solutions, may be best for you even if you have underlying health issues. Besides hormone balancing they offer Acoustic Wave Therapy (sound wave therapy) and the Priapus Shot (PRP therapy) which both have the amazing ability to help your body heal itself. Please read more about these therapies in the sections below.
ACOUSTIC WAVE THERAPY
An Acoustic Wave machine is an FDA approved medical device that produces low intensity waves that have been specifically designed to penetrate soft tissue, including muscles and ligaments. It is not an ultra sound, but an electromagnetic generator that produces specialized acoustic wave pulses. The acoustic waves cause “micro trauma” to the tissue. There is NO pain associated with this procedure as the injury to the tissue is at a microscopic level.
This “micro trauma” activate’s your body’s own amazing healing response. It triggers a rebuilding process called “neo-vascularization” and “angiogenesis.” Restoration occurs in existing blood vessels and new blood vessels are formed, this results in increased blood flow to the penis. Increased blood flow is the key to achieving and maintaining an erection. Some patients have reported because of the increased blood flow they have increased penis girth and are astounded with the overall results.
Please learn more by visiting our Acoustic Wave website: www.acousticwaveclinicmn.com
The Priapus Shot® (P–Shot®) a 20 minute non-surgical procedure that uses our body’s capability to heal itself. It is a PRP procedure, blood is drawn from your body and spun down to separate the platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the other blood cells; these cells are then injected back into your body, in this case into your penis. Your platelets are rich in bioactive proteins, which release growth factors to stimulate cellular regeneration. PRP therapy has been used for sports injuries, wound healing and in dentistry for some time. Dr. Charles Runels created a protocol to use PRP for sexual dysfunction for both men and women. The providers at Medical Specialists have gone through Dr. Runels’ training and use the most advanced equipment and procedures available to achieve optimal results. Some individuals report immediate results but the body continues to heal itself over time and the full affects are evident in two to three months.
Reported results: Increased sensitivity, increased ability to achieve and maintain an erection, increased girth,
improvement of Peyronie’s disease (a curvature of the penis caused by scar tissue that is often painful)
Advantages: the procedure is drug free, there are no unpleasant side effects, it is non-surgical and relatively pain free.
PRP is one of the most advanced, effective natural treatments for cellular repair and rejuvenation throughout the body. The P-Shot is a major advancement in the area of sexual health.
PRP FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN AND INJURIES
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment falls into the category of regenerative medicine, which simply means using your body’s own cells to facilitate healing. When these concentrated cells are injected into an injured site, they have the ability to ignite your body’s own healing mechanism, using growth factors and other components that are in your cells to restore tissue.
PRP can be used for:
- Ligament injuries
- Cartilage loss
- Muscle sprains or tears
- Chronic or acute joint pain
- Tendonitis or tendon damage
Immediately following the procedure you may experience some inflammation and soreness at the injection site. This is caused by your body’s natural healing response. It can take two to eight weeks to feel the results as your body needs time to strengthen or repair the tissue. Because each case is individual, the providers at Medical Specialists will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and will discuss the protocol they recommend for you. This is truly state of the art technology that may prevent the need for surgery or another more invasive procedure.
PRP FOR HAIR LOSS AND COSMETIC PROCEDURES
The amazing properties of platelet rich plasma therapies can also be used to stimulate hair growth and can be used for cosmetic procedures. Please see our section on PRP for Hair Loss and Cosmetic Procedures tab to learn more.
Dr. Charles Runels patented procedures called the “Vampire Facelift®” and “Vampire Facial®” that use your own platelets to stimulate new collagen growth with the goal of making your face look fuller and more youthful. The providers at Medical Specialists trained under Dr. Runels, the protocols and equipment they use are superior and approved by Dr. Runels and thus they can use the trade name and are listed as certified providers on Dr. Runels website. It is important to note that the equipment used to extract the platelets from your blood and the protocol used to inject them into your face do make a significant difference in outcome. It is important to choose a qualified provider for this type of procedure. Obviously your face is one of the most important attributes you have that helps to establish your identity. It’s worth investing in! We want you to feel your best and look your best at every age!
THE ROLE OF YOUR THYROID
The thyroid gland is a key organ in your body. It’s function is vital to your health and the hormones it secretes affect every cell in your body. In the world or hormones, the key is to have adequate levels and maintain balance with each of the hormones, as they are all linked to keep your body running at peak performance. The thyroid hormones are very complex and consists of several components. These components include TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone), T-3 and T-4. One of the thyroid’s main functions is to control metabolism and how we convert the food we eat into energy. As a result, the thyroid hormones are very influential on both our physical and mental health.
To get a true picture of how the thyroid is functioning a complete laboratory panel must be completed to examine each component of the thyroid hormones including TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T-3 and T-4. One standard thyroid test (TSH), does not provide the complete picture of how your thyroid is functioning.
The providers at Medical Specialists dig deep to try to get to the root cause of your issues. They interpret your lab results to determine how well your thyroid is functioning. Once any issues are clearly identified they can be treated, most often with medication, supplements and life style changes. There are a variety of options so your provider will work with you to discuss what is best for you.
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function is the most common abnormality of the thyroid gland. The symptoms you may experience as a result of abnormal thyroid function include:
- Frequently feeling fatigued or even exhausted
- Joint stiffness or pain
- Inexplicable weight gain
- Inability to concentrate or brain fog
- Irritability or mood swings
- Cold hands and feet or cold intolerance
- Poor memory and forgetfulness
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Elevated cholesterol
- Hair loss
- Puffy eyes
- Brittle nails
- Dry Skin
Once your thyroid levels are optimal and your other hormones are balanced you will feel like a new person! You can live vibrantly again!
Reclaim your balance, reclaim your energy, reclaim your life! Let us show you how. Call for an appointment today at (952) 225-5400.