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“Bringing healing to non-healing areas”
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new treatment that takes advantage of your body’s healing inflammation to jumpstart recovery. It is a safe, natural, FDA approved, and minimally invasive method to help heal torn tendons, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues that can cause pain and limit function. The ideal candidate for PRP is someone who has exhausted conservative treatment and does not wish to undergo surgery at this time.
How does it work?
PRP works by concentrating the platelets in a sample of the patient’s blood with a centrifuge, a tool that separates the blood into its many components. This allows the Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to be collected and then injected into the damaged tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. These platelets contain growth factors and other biologic signaling molecules, which attract stem cells and cause a healing inflammatory response in the non-healing area where they are injected.
Is it effective?
PRP has been shown to be effective in treating certain non-healing musculoskeletal conditions. It is often able to reduce pain levels and increase function, leading to high patient satisfaction in most cases.
What are the risks?
PRP has not been shown to have any side effects other than pain and those normally associated with injections.
Will my insurance cover it?
Because PRP is still considered an experimental treatment it is not typically covered by insurance, leaving it as a self pay service.
How long does it take?
The PRP appointment will take about an hour. Maximum benefit can typically take place at 8 weeks post-injection.
How many injections will I need?
Most of the time one injection will be sufficient to help heal the injured site. However, up to three injections can be used depending on how your body heals itself. Your physician may choose to wait two months or longer to see the full benefits of the first injection before repeating the procedure. Tendons, ligaments and other peripheral tissues often respond after one injection. Joints often respond after one injection, but can also require two or more injections.
Where can PRP be injected?
The most common places that the PRP injection has been used so far is the shoulder, elbow, hip and plantar fascia. However, it is also commonly injected in knees, ankles, wrists and other chronic non-healing areas, osteoarthritic joints, or other areas in which the patient would like to encourage healing.
How do I schedule?
Make an appointment at Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah to see if PRP or other regenerative options such as stem cells may be right for you.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is the concentration of platelets derived from the plasma portion of one’s own blood. While platelets are widely known to play a large role in clotting processes, their use in treatment of tendon disease is due to their abundance of enzymes and growth factors related to the healing process. Tendons have a poor blood supply, meaning it is difficult for these tissues to receive the nutrients needed to stimulate repair. An injection of PRP to the injured site provides the tendon tissue with healing growth factors that are otherwise difficult for the body to deliver because of the poor blood supply. Similar mechanisms have been theorized for treatment of ligament injuries such as medial collateral ligament sprains of the knee or cartilage deterioration, such as osteoarthritis of the knee. The injection can also restart a healing inflammatory process, which is why patients are often given initial activity restrictions. Subsequent referrals to physical therapy are often made so that patients may be taught to load the tissue in an appropriate fashion to rebuild strength and flexibility.
What does the PRP procedure involve?
PRP begins by collecting blood from the individual with a blood draw. The amount of blood needed is determined by the size of the area to be treated and the concentration of platelets desired. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the rapid spinning process separates the blood into 3 components—the plasma or water portion of the blood, the PRP layer, and the cellular layer containing red and white blood cells. The PRP layer is then available for use in the clinic. After applying a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) to the site of the injection, the PRP is injected into the injured tissue. Frequently, ultrasound is used to ensure proper placement of the PRP. The patient is educated about activity restrictions and is often given devices that limit the amount of movement at the area for the next few days. The patient is encouraged to rest the area for a few weeks, avoiding any vigorous or strenuous activities, before beginning the rehabilitation process two weeks following the procedure. The patient is typically seen by the physician in the clinic for routine follow-up about 1 month after the injection.
Do I need to do physical therapy and rehabilitation after PRP?
A quality post-procedure rehabilitation program helps facilitate a successful outcome. Initial rehabilitation will focus on protection for healing and gentle range of motion. After the early phases, strengthening and neuromuscular control exercises are emphasized throughout the affected extremity. In the final stages of rehabilitation, the focus will be on progressive dynamic extremity control and stability, such as change of direction and rotational movements. General time frames are given for reference, but individual patients will progress at different rates depending on their age, associated injuries, pre-injury health status, rehabilitation compliance and injury severity. These guidelines are presented in reference to tendon-related procedures, but general guidelines and concepts apply with treatment of ligamentous, joint, and muscle pathologies.
Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. Our acupuncturist practices its classical form which is Traditional Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Chinese Herbal medicine as well as Qi Gong and Tui Na. These acupuncture benefits of traditional Chinese medicine has been categorized as a complementary health approach. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Our acupuncturist utilizes this procedure of acupuncture for back pain and weight control as an example.
Our licensed and trained acupuncturist and classically trained herbalist can help you to feel calmer, feel balanced, get healthier and have less pain. Our goal is to help restore harmony to the flow of vital energy in the body and to return the body to a healthy state. At ROI, you have access to Traditional Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Chinese Herbal medicine as well as Qi Gong and Tui Na. Acupuncture is generally safe when administered using Clean Needle Technique and carries a very low risk of serious adverse effects.
Our Herbalist and Acupuncturist will provide a cooperative procedure to alleviate you of your problems with a low risk of side effects usually found in traditional drug therapy. Herbs are used for medicinal purposes. The use of drugs and dietary supplements derived from plants or herbs have accelerated in recent years.
The collective procedure of acupuncture and herbal remedies can be an approach to resolve some of the medical problems and symptoms that you’re experiencing. Click Here or call us 425-394-1200 to make an appointment for your road to recovery.Dr. David Chattam provides relief to patients in pain, and helps the clinic combine Eastern, Chinese and Herbal treatment to western medicine.
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We are a comprehensive medical clinic servicing for pain management caused by back injury, chronic headaches, a neck problems or general orthopedic and/or neurological condition. Our team offers customized rehabilitation programs around your needs for pain management. Our physicians are highly skilled at guiding you through your recovery process. Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah has many skilled providers which work as a team to coordinate your recovery goals and needs. We offer a highly skilled physical therapy department, talented massage therapists, psychological counseling services, nutrition and diet consultation, as well as acupuncture to manage pain and inflammation without drugs; when needed though, we offer all forms of drug therapy for pain management, therapeutic injections from ultrasound testing and spinal injection procedures when required. Our practice offers and utilizes advanced diagnostic services such as electro-diagnostic testing and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Our services and team comprise of experienced and skilled individuals in the pain management disciplines required to manage your pain and provide relief to you.
Our pain management and physical therapy care teams philosophy is built on three basic building blocks:
- Attention to the needs of our patients
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