My experience with Integrative Spine & Sports has always been a positive one. My most recent experience related to a torn tendon in my right arm. The tear made it difficult/impossible for me to lift objects with my right arm. I worked with Kristin Sapienza, a doctor of physical therapy at the practice, for a short period but she felt we were not progressing. She recommended an MRI to determine exactly what was wrong. The results of that MRI showed the tear in my tendon.
Dr. Sapienza referred me to Dr. Sonali Lal, a physiatrist in the Integrative Spine and Sports office, for a possible procedure. Dr. Lal and I met and she showed me, on a sonogram, the tear. She said that it could be possible to heal this tear through a procedure called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). She recommended we try it.
The procedure is done in the office. My blood was drawn, and the platelet rich plasma was separated out. The injection of my own plasma into the tear was fast, but, I have to admit, for me, painful. The staff was incredibly supportive. They had prescribed a sling for the type of procedure I had because it’s important to keep the arm in the proper position for several days to let the plasma do its work. Pain killers were prescribed, but I did not feel it was necessary to take them after the first day. The healing is not immediate. It takes at least six to eight weeks to heal and it was important that during that time I was carefully guided through physical therapy and home exercises. I worked with Dr. Sapienza during this period.
The therapy was not arduous or time-consuming and I gradually gained strength and more normal abilities with my right arm. I returned to Dr. Lal recently for a follow-up sonogram of my arm and I could see that the tear had almost completely healed. This would not have happened had I not trusted the staff at Integrated Spine & Sports. Because I’ve had such good results with my treatment at this practice, I trusted them regarding this, to me, unknown procedure.
I would not have gotten better without it.
– Carol P.