Damaged ligaments and tendons are serious sources of chronic pain and are notoriously stubborn to heal. Treatments such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) have demonstrated high rates of success through stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism.
Natural Health Works will take care of you when you come in and see us. If you are living in the Portland or anywhere in Oregon and you need an alternative way to manage pain then we are here for you.
If you are sick of only ever getting treatments that offer temporary relief and you are at the end of your rope then come see us. Prolotherapy is safe and will give you the lasting relief that you have been seeking.
Prolotherapy is an innovative technique that relieves pain by directly impacting the underlying condition causing that pain. In contrast to many medical treatments that may provide only temporary benefits, this safe, proven treatment offers lasting relief.
Many conditions respond well to prolotherapy, such as back and neck arthritis, whiplash, joint sprains, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, sprains, chronic tendonitis, and more.
Prolotherapy promotes long-term, often permanent pain relief by stimulating the body’s ability to repair itself. Here’s how it works and why prolotherapy is such a highly effective pain treatment:
A solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic (steroids are not used) is injected into the affected ligaments, tendons, or joint capsules
This solution acts by stimulating the body’s natural ability to repair these tissues, encouraging growth of new ligament or tendon fibers
Multiple treatments encourage additional tissue growth to restore and strengthen the affected area
An individual plan is devised with prolotherapy treatments scheduled every two to six weeks until the healing is complete and you can return to normal activities without pain.
If you are in Portland, OR and are in need of effective pain relief then do not hesitate to call us.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a next generation injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:
Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
Rotator Cuff Tears
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Pelvic Pain and Instability
Back and Neck Injuries
PRP therapy uses a patient’s own platelets – a cellular component of blood – to repair damaged ligaments and tendons. PRP is popular in sports medicine and similar musculoskeletal disciplines to treat pain in shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, hips and other body areas prone to chronic tendon and ligament injury.
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells
Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells
PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need
To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process produces higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components
The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process
Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction
There may be up to three injections given within a six-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
Dr. Joanne Gordon of Natural Health Works is widely recognized for her skill and experience in administering Prolotherapy and PRP. She has studied with many leading practitioners in the country.
In 1987 I injured my back at work – the diagnosis at that time was a herniated disc in the lumbar region of the spine. For 30 years I suffered recurring and debilitating episodes of back pain, treated with stretching, massage, heat, ice, muscle relaxers, and lots of ibuprofen. Having had a bad experience with a chiropractor in my early 20s, I refused to see a chiropractor for the pain.
In December of 2017 I received a massage from Amy Wheeler, LMT at Natural Healthworks as my back was once again “out”. She told me that my back pain appeared to be identical to the pain she had suffered, which Dr. Dreger diagnosed as an out-of-alignment sacroiliac joint. She told me that Dr. Dreger fixed her with just a few treatments. Amy also assured me the naturopathic manipulations were not scary or painful. I decided to give Dr. Dreger a shot.
I’m so glad I did! After one treatment I felt so much relief; and after two I felt like I’d been given a new back! The treatments were quick and easy (the drop-table is awesome). Now I am certain the original diagnosis of a herniated disc was in error (in fairness an MRI was not available to me in 1987). Bottom line is my back feels the best it has in 30 years….Thank you Dr. Dreger & Amy!
Harlan Barcus Injured back
I had PRP treatment done on 12/28/17 as I had torn the meniscus in my left knee. I have been running since 8th grade and I am now 62 years old. This was my first major injury. I had been competing for the last 7 years in Master's Track and Field races. After my injury, I first went to Kaiser Permanente and the Orthopedic doctor believed that surgery would be my best option and he told me that I probably should never run again. 15 days after my PRP treatment with Dr. Joanne Gordon, I was able to run a mile pain-free! I am planning to start doing track workouts at the end of February and start competing again in April. My goal is to run in the USATF Masters Outdoor National Championships in July.
Thanks, Joanne for doing such a great job.
"We are so fortunate to have found Natural Health Works and Dr. Joanne Gordon in particular!! FINALLY, A DOCTOR WHO LISTENS, CARES, AND TREATS THE PATIENT TO GET HIM WELL VERSUS WHAT WE EXPERIENCED WITH OTHERS who seemed to want to keep him as a permanent patient and saw us as a stream of income. Three treatments and my son is soon to be pain-free. The last time he felt this good was as an eleven-year-old. His advice is don't waste your time on other providers and treatments. Get straight in to Natural Health Works. Do it now."
"Fantastic to have a local place that understands the alternative health world. Dr. Gordon is terrific and very knowledgeable."
Cherisse Shane Reilly
"I see Zach for acupuncture & he has always been helpful. He listens & his manner is gentle. I've also had good relationships with the doctors & staff. I would totally recommend this clinic!"
March 28, 2019 - “Dear Dr. Gordon, Can you help me with my knee pain? I’ve been having arthritis trouble for years and my doctor told me I’ll eventually need a knee replacement. I really want to avoid that, what can I do?” -- Charlie M. Dear Charlie, I’m very familiar with treating pain like yours. It seems that you’re one of more than 50 million adults in the United States who are affected ... continue reading »