Depending on the nature and degree of the pain, treatment options provided by SOAR span a wide variety of options including: prescription drugs, topical therapies, bracing, acupuncture, electro-stimulation, injections, pain pump implants or a combination of options that best treat the patient’s individual needs.
Sports injuries usually involve a combination of tendon, ligament, musculoskeletal and nerve interactions. In a large number of cases, x-rays will be required to determine the degree of bone impact.

The severity and extent of the injury must be considered and diagnosed, and a proper stress-relief and strength recovery program must be tailored to the particular injury. The goal is to regain functionality, strength and mobility in the most optimal recovery time.

First and foremost, age is an important factor. Previous injuries and heredity and musculoskeletal make-up must also be factored into the evaluation equation.
The dynamics of the particular joint, whether leg, arm, spine or hip, are also important. Simply put, aches are symptomatic and the objective is to diagnose causative factors for the most beneficial treatment regimen in both the short and long run.
Rehabilitation begins with stress and pain relief. At SOAR, we are exceptionally proficient at relieving pain through various modalities, including the latest state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures.
Having relieved stress and pain, options include, electro-stimulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, bracing. Our services are designed to help our patients regain optimal functionality in the shortest time medically possible.
Depending on your particular insurance plan, co-pays will vary by coverage provisions which define covered services by specialty, procedures and other factors outlined in your policy. Knowing the details of your policy is very important.
You may obtain specific information from your insurance representative – usually accessible through a toll free phone number and internet access, explained on your insurance card.
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
Although it is not exactly clear how PRP works, laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. To speed healing, the injury site is treated with the PRP preparation. Here in SOARS, our Physicians will carefully inject PROP into the injured area. For example, in Achilles tendonitis, a condition commonly seen in runners and tennis players, the heel cord can become swollen, inflamed, and painful. A mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into this inflamed tissue. Afterwards, the pain at the area of injection may actually increase for the first week or two, and it may be several weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.

Research studies are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are inconclusive because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment include:
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<li>The area of the body being treated</li>
<li>The overall health of the patient</li>
<li>Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)</li>
</ul>
<em><u>Chronic Tendon Injuries</u></em>

According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.

<em><u>Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries</u></em>

Much of the publicity PRP therapy has received has been about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains. There is no definitive scientific evidence, however, that PRP therapy actually improves the healing process in these types of injuries.

<em><u>Surgery</u></em>

More recently, PRP has been used during certain types of surgery to help tissues heal. It was first thought to be beneficial in shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. However, the results so far show little or no benefit when PRP is used in these types of surgical procedures.

Surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is another area where PRP has been applied. At this time, there appears to be little or no benefit from using PRP in this instance.

<em><u>Knee Arthritis</u></em>

Some initial research is being done to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of the arthritic knee. It is still too soon to determine if this form of treatment will be any more effective than current treatment methods.

<em><u>Fractures</u></em>

PRP has been used in a very limited way to speed the healing of broken bones. So far, it has shown no significant benefit.

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