Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
At Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, our physicians pinpoint the source of the pain and create a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s needs. Our goal is to relieve pain and achieve the highest level of function from physical impairments or disabilities affecting the nerves, joints, muscles and more.
The right approach for treating an injury will depend on several factors, including the nature of the injury, your overall health and your goals for recovery and rehab. Consultation with an orthopedic or sports medicine physician is the only way to ensure that you receive the safest, most effective treatment for your sports injuries.
Sports injuries can result in chronic pain that affects athletic performance.
Although many athletes try to play through pain, many eventually are forced to seek treatment if the discomfort limits their ability to perform. Traditionally, steroid injections were used for this purpose. In fact, corticosteroid treatments remain one of the most popular types of minimally invasive treatments for sports injuries.
Today, however, the research has begun to suggest that the rewards may not be worth the risks, at least for some patients.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Many sports injuries improve with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, specifically tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries and plantar fasciitis.
Both professional athletes and weekend warriors can become sidelined by injury. Athletes were traditionally given the choice of either sitting out for weeks (or months) to heal or undergoing major surgery — neither of which is particularly desirable.
Rotator cuff injuries have historically required invasive, surgical techniques for repair. Without surgery, patients were forced to live with pain, weakness and significantly reduced mobility.
Today, regenerative medicine treatments offer an exceptional alternative. Specifically, minimally invasive platelet-rich plasma injections may provide pain relief and restore strength while helping many patients avoid the risks and recovery associated with shoulder surgery.
Treating Arthritis of the Knee with Viscosupplementation
Viscosupplementation is an encouraging option for relieving pain associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) andrestoring patient mobility and improving quality of life.
The Arthritis Foundation reports that 14 million Americans live with symptomatic knee arthritis, the risk of which increases significantly with each decade of life. Left untreated, more than half of these arthritis patients will experience sufficient progression to warrant a knee replacement.
Fortunately, medical technology offers a variety of effective treatments for OA. Today, viscosupplementation is one of the most promising options.
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation for Chronic Back Pain
Radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFA) can provide highly effective, long-lasting relief for chronic back pain.
Also known as radiofrequency neurotomy or lesioning, this technique uses heat generated by RF energy to interrupt specific pain impulses in the spine. This minimally invasive technique can provide a safe and effective alternative for patients battling chronic pain in the lumbar or cervical spine.
Robert Engelen, DO
Physical Med & Rehab, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics