A Boardman doctor is combining technology and the body’s ability to heal itself to treat people with musculoskeletal injuries.
The procedure is called Platelet Rich Plasma Injection and helps ease the pain for injuries like tennis elbow and hamstring tears.
Doctor Kate Paylo is an interventional pain management specialist with Doctors Pain Clinic.
“I did a physical medicine rehab residency,” said Paylo.
Now she’s introducing patients who have musculoskeletal injuries a way to treat it without surgery in the form of plasma injection therapy.
“It combines cutting edge technology with the body’s own ability to heal itself,” said Paylo.
The type of injuries that can cause chronic pain run the gamut.
“Golfers elbow, tennis elbow, knee osteoarthritis, hamstring tears,” added Paylo.
The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes, and healing takes days to weeks.
“Platelets contain the body’s own growth factors, your body’s own super food. So we inject that back in and it just gives a concentrated dose of that superfood to help heal the area of injury,” said Paylo.
Dr. Paylo indicated that the therapy has been around since for decades, but now, athletes are putting it in the spotlight.
“Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Tiger Woods, really most professional athletes have undergone this to help with their muscular skeletal injuries,” said Paylo.
“Since we’ve been marketing platelet rich plasma therapy injections, the response has been really very overwhelming,” added Jennifer Kollar of the Doctor’s Pain Clinic. “I think there’s a lot of patients out there that are looking for something that is more natural.”
Doctor Paylo has been treating people with the injections since January. In order to undergo the treatment, there has to be a referral from a doctor, and potential patients should also check to see if or how much us covered by insurance.