Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection – Patient Spotlight

Lisa Anderson, an active mother and grandmother, was a recent patient at Rainier Orthopedic Institute. She has been an avid soccer player since she was about 29 years old. She enjoys running, hiking, golfing, snowmobiling and skiing. All this activity took a toll on Lisa’s body and her ability to play competitive sports so she found herself in Dr. Charboneau’s office.

Lisa Anderson came to Rainier Orthopedic Institute with a torn left hamstring and tendinopathy. Lisa suspects that excessive amounts of soccer as well as trail running caused it. She noted that her job of sitting at an ill-fitting workstation probably contributed as well. She was referred to Dr. Charboneau from someone at Olympic Sports. After seeing Lisa, Dr. Charboneau did a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection and referred Lisa for more physical therapy.

In describing her experience at Rainier Orthopedic Institute, this is what Lisa said, “I am so happy to have found Dr. Charboneau. I have been to multiple places – chiropractors, physical therapists and sports doctors – over the last four years and not one doctor would MRI my leg or treat my pain as a serious condition. Most doctors wanted to treat me with medication. My hamstring was so painful that my torn rotator cuff surgery didn’t even compare to my leg pain. And this had been going on for years.” She went on to say that, “The left leg that Dr. Charboneau applied PRP to is in great condition now – 100%; however, I have been getting my other leg treated for tendinopathy. It was not a candidate for PRP. This leg may take longer to heal, but Dr. Charboneau recommended that I see Lyle at Olympic Sports for this and he is helping me immensely. I have had 1 week of no pain.” While Lisa is still getting back to her regular physical activities, she has decided to take up a bit more golfing and hiking to “take it easy.” Lisa is quite the impressive athlete and still able to have an active lifestyle thanks to Dr. Charboneau’s work and referrals.

When asked what she would tell other patients who are going to do the same procedure she was sure to say that it is definitely worth it, but to be sure to follow the recovery guidelines and physical therapy. It’s been important for her successful recovery.

Her favorite part about working with Dr. Charboneau at Rainier Orthopedic Institute was that Dr. Charboneau really listened to her and didn’t treat her with any age discrimination. Lisa has had some past experiences with doctors who like to assume that based on a person’s age, they should quit the activities they enjoy. This would be hard for Lisa to do. Lisa finished saying that, “Every person I dealt with at the institute was kind and professional.”

Lastly, when asked how she would rate Dr. Charboneau on a scale from 1-10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best), she would “rate her off the scale past a 10”, she said! Well, likewise, Lisa – thank you for being an off the scale patient at Rainier Orthopedic Institute and giving us the feedback of your experience!

Check out a few pictures of Lisa doing the things she loves below. Be sure to consider Dr. Charboneau if you are an individual (all activity levels including athletes and non-athletes) with joint, muscle, and tendon pain or dysfunction.