Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle now offering platelet-rich plasma treatments

08/03/2015

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle is pleased to announce the addition of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to patients in the Greater Seattle Area beginning May 6, 2015. This revolutionary therapy addresses tissue injury by using “healing” components derived from one’s own blood and is used as a non-surgical intervention. These Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments will be led by Dr. Mark Reed, who has performed hundreds in a clinical and OR setting.

If you are suffering from a musculoskeletal injury and have not responded to first-line treatments such as immobilization or physical therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy may be a reasonable option for you,” said Dr. Reed.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Blood is a liquid (plasma) that contains red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets are known for their importance in clotting blood, but they are also comprised of hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing of injuries. Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments contain more platelets than what is typically found in blood, so the treatment provides 5 to 10 times richer growth factors than usual to the injured site aiding the overall healing process.

What Kind of Patients Benefit From This Treatment?

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle are looking forward to treating patients that suffer from the following:

  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Acute ligament and muscle injuries
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Chronic injuries, i.e.: ankle instability
  • Surgery

The Seahawks Jesse Williams recently underwent PRP injections for his knees and the Mariners’ Corey Hart used it to help treat a hamstring tear. In addition to Williams and Hart,

there have been other numerous professional athletes turning to PRP injections to accelerate the healing process and as an alternative for Corticosteriod injections, oral inflammatory medications or bracing. The low- risk procedure is a reasonable option for patients who would like to avoid surgery or who suffer from persistent pain despite non-operative treatment.

The risks associated with the treatment are minimal, as we use the patient’s own blood to perform the treatments. While a patient may develop increased transient pain at the injection site, PRP appears to be no different than cortisone injections in terms of the likelihood of complications”, said Dr. Reed.

For more information about Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments or to make an appointment, visit our website or, call 206-633-8100 (Wallingford Office), 206-784-8833 (Ballard Office).

About Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle has been providing orthopedic care to the Wallingford community and the greater Seattle community for over 40 years. OSS boasts eight Board Certified physicians that perform highly specialized procedures for orthopedic surgery and general orthopedic care for adults and children including trauma, fracture care, total joint replacement, sports medicine, non-surgical treatment and overuse conditions. Recognized three years in a row as “Top Doctors of Seattle” by Seattle Met each physician is extensively trained and offers a comprehensive orthopedic approach, providing patients with the ability to continue their active lifestyles with a peace of mind. Treatment of injuries is performed in a relaxed setting at either the Wallingford, Seattle Orthopedic Center, or in Ballard at the Tallman Building, part of Swedish Hospital. Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle is the only orthopedic group in the state of Washington that offers Sonocur, a non-surgical treatment for tendonitis. Visit www.orthopedicspecialistsofseattle.com or call 206-633-8100 (Wallingford Office); 206-784-8833 (Ballard Office)

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