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Memorial Expands Therapy Offerings

First In Area To Provide New Techniques

In the last decade, Memorial has been well known for providing the latest in medical therapies and services for the benefit of area residents. The healthcare system has recently added two new therapies to their services and is the first in the region to offer these techniques to local patients. Dry Needling and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy are now being offered.

The Memorial Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine team is continually adding new therapies, techniques, and services to treat patients’ injuries and help them regain range of motion. Memorial now offers physical therapists who are certified in Dry Needling Therapy, a technique used to release painful muscle trigger points (knots). This therapy is termed “dry” since there are no medications or injections. Instead, the needles are inserted through the skin to stimulate the muscle, release the knot, and allow for improvements in movement and pain.  

Dry needling can be successful for leg and back pain, chronic headaches, plantar fasciitis, athletic injuries, or overall muscle tension. A typical session can last 30-45 minutes, allowing for the therapist to examine the patient’s area of pain, scan the muscles for trigger points, and insert the needle one-at-a-time to release the trigger.
To learn more, contact Memorial Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine | City Gate at (937) 578-7841.  

In addition, the Memorial Family & Sports Medicine | Gateway practice is striving to provide the latest in treatments for patients suffering with pain or recovering from an injury. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy has recently been introduced. Not available at all local hospitals, PRP has a multitude of uses, essentially extracting restorative factors from the body and reintroducing them to promote healing.

The process of PRP Therapy begins with a simple blood draw. The clinician will then prepare the blood in a centrifuge, separating the platelet-rich plasma from the whole blood. Once the blood is divided, the concentration of platelets are injected into the area of the body to be treated.

The goal behind PRP Therapy is to increase the platelet concentration and other beneficial growth factors in a wounded or damaged area, to accelerate the body’s own healing process and facilitate cell rejuvenation. Those who suffer with tendinitis injuries, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, ligament instability, or arthritis of the knee and hip could benefit from PRP Therapy.

Generally, PRP is not considered a first line treatment and is usually considered after other more traditional treatments have failed; thus, a referral is recommended for the PRP Therapy services. For further information, contact Memorial Family & Sports Medicine | Gateway at (937) 578-7950.