May 30, 2010
Filed Under Keep Tahoe Strong
Julia Mancuso swears by the treatment and Daron Rahlves says he wouldn’t have made it to the Olympics without it. Platelet Rich Plasma.
Fortunately, for both competitive athletes and recreational weekend warriors, the treatment is now available in Truckee by Dr. Dennis Chez of Gateway Urgent Care.
According to Dr. Chez, the procedure consists of drawing a patient’s blood, concentrating the growth factors and platelets and then injecting into the injury site.
“It’s most effective with lateral elbow pain, low back pain and medial knee pain,” Chez said, adding that many other musculoskeletal injuries respond to the treatment as well.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has been used in musculoskeletal medicine as early as the 1990s, and since the 1980s in surgical and dental procedures. The treatment helps regenerate tendon and ligament fibers and because it is comprised of one’s own blood there is no chance of rejection from the body. Basically, it accelerates the body’s natural healing process. Not surprisingly PRP is popular with professional athletes who desire a speedy healing process.
Truckee competitive skier Daron Rahlves underwent PRP treatment after dislocating his hip in the X Games. “I never would have made it to the Olympics without platelet injections,” Rahlves said.
Dr. Chez can also speak first-hand to the value of the treatment. “I got treatment from the University of Oregon for an injured rotator cuff and I was out climbing 10 days after the injection,” Chez said.
According to Chez the treatment is virtually painless and risk-free. “There’s absolutely no downside because you are never allergic to your own blood,” he noted.
To obtain more information about PRP or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Chez at 530-582-2070. Dr. Chez has practiced emergency medicine in the North Lake Tahoe area for over thirty years. He is the founder and Medical Director of Gateway Urgent Care in Truckee, which he opened in 1995. Gateway Urgent Care is located at 11105 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.