I saw a patient yesterday who is six weeks out from bilateral knee replacements and struggling. One knee remains stiff and painful and both knees remain hot and swollen. Her summer is shot. She had originally planned to have the replacements done in the fall, but after years of mild joint pain went precipitously downhill in 4 short months, from February to May, to the point that the pain became so unbearable that she […]
One thing I hear a lot from patients with a variety of injuries is “I don’t want surgery.” Though sometimes necessary, all surgeries have inherent risks and choosing to have surgery should involve a detailed discussion of the risks and benefits.
As a physiatrist, my priority is to offer non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal injuries. One injury that is often treated with surgery is a meniscal tear in the knee. The meniscus is a cartilage-like […]
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment – also widely known as PRP treatment- is a safe, non-surgical therapy that a rising number of health care centers including the Mayo Clinic and Eastern Idaho Sports Spine & Rehab Center use to treat sports, spine and musculoskeletal injuries such as torn ligaments or tendons. This new treatment has helped many athletes to heal and recover from injuries of the tendons, nerves, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and more in record […]
1. What is Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) and how does it work?
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP is a preparation obtained by extracting platelets from the patient’s whole blood and injecting them into an injured joint or muscle.
PRP works by creating local inflammation in the injured tissue and then releasing growth factors to stimulate healing and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, muscle and even bone. It can be used in recent injuries and […]