April 2019 Newsletter


From the Desk of Dr. Balharry ....

Last month, I touched on the subject of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).  One of the areas that I mentioned for the use of PRP was soft tissue injuries so I thought I would elaborate a little on this area.  Orthopaedic surgeons and physicians were early adopters of PRP.  During surgery for tendon repairs such as shoulder rotator cuff tears, the surgeon would often inject PRP at the repair site to promote stronger healing.

Awareness of this healing property then prompted its use in other areas of the body.  Shoulders are commonly injured in sports.  The shoulder is an exceptional joint as it has a huge range of movement and relies almost solely on ligaments and muscles to stay attached to our body.  Because of this, any injury to these muscles can have a significant impact on the function of our shoulder.  A small percentage of these injuries can be fixed with surgery but many injuries will not respond to surgery.  It then becomes important to get good physiotherapy to encourage any muscle tear to heal as well as possible, to maintain the movement of the joint and hopefully the strength.  After about six weeks of natural healing, if things are not progressing well, this is a good time to consider the injection of PRP into the damaged area to promote a better healing response.

In the Bow Valley, we also see a lot of elbow problems secondary to climbing.  Elbow pain from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow is a common complaint, usually caused by overuse of the muscles.  This creates tiny tears where the muscle is attached to the bone at the elbow.  Standard treatment for this condition includes physiotherapy, shockwave therapy and cortisone which is often injected in to the area.  Much improved outcomes can be obtained by the injection of PRP into the area to strengthen the attachment, along with sonic shockwave therapy.

I have explained just 2 areas of the body where PRP can be helpful.  There are other body parts like the ankles, the Achilles tendon, the plantar fascia and so on, that can benefit significantly from the addition of PRP into the treatment programme.  The beautiful thing about PRP is that it cannot be more natural.  It is just using your own body’s powerful healing cells to do the work for you.

And I haven’t touched on arthritis changes in joints – that could be another topic.  Living, as we do, in a community that is active, we see a lot of soft tissue injuries.  If you fall in to this category, feel free to see us for assessment as to whether or not you would be a good candidate for PRP treatment.


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Skin News by Anna …

Fractora is one of my favorite treatments to do!  I love seeing the results when clients come back happy to get more treatments.

Fractora is the most advanced radio frequency skin treatment that provides anti-aging improvements, tone and texture for a more radiant glow and also improves the appearance of acne scarring through ablation and skin resurfacing.  Fractora delivers radio frequency energy to the skin through multiple pins producing localized heat and small micro-lesions in the treatment area. The gentle heat generated by the Fractora pins in the sub-dermal tissue promotes collagen restructuring for skin rejuvenation and an improved appearance in the skin.

Because the radio frequency depth is variable, treatments can be customized to each individual. Treatment can be done to the area of concern that have either fine or deep wrinkles, loss of elasticity and scars.  The full face and neck are the most popular treatment areas.  Fractora treatments have also successfully treated stretchmarks on the body and loose skin … most popular areas are hips, stomach, arms or upper thighs

Having realistic expectations and remembering that multiple sessions may be necessary with any kind of treatment is important.  Fractora results continue to develop over the following months, as new collagen is created.  Each consecutive session will further ablate and resurface the skin, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, textural irregularities, and scarring.  Follow-up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain results.  Remember that with Fractora we are changing your skin and your collagen, so while results can take a month or so to start appearing, they will continue to build over time.  Your skin will be refreshed and renewed, and then will start to age again naturally, which is why many patients will need maintenance treatments in the future.

Book your Fractora treatment today!  Let’s work on fixing which ever area bothers you the most.

Healthy Skin ~ Happy Skin