I had terrible pain, including nerve pain, that would prevent me from living a full and complete life. After an MRI, it was discovered that I had tears on both hamstring tendons at the ischial tuberosity attachments. Dr. Levi and Sara Tyszko changed my life with the PRP procedure performed on me. I feel so grateful for their expertise and caring. They and their staff are wonderful.
In September 2011 I injured my right shoulder. I knew immediately I tore something. After 6 months of unsuccessful treatment, cortisone shots, physical therapy, I was lucky enough to be referred to Dr. Barr. I have received 3 PRP injections under Dr. Barr’s care. She was gentle and encouraging. Her staff is kind and compassionate. I am almost pain-free working my physical therapy program to continue building my strength and stability back. For the first time in a year, I am able to sleep on my right side again. Thank you Dr. Barr and your staff.
Dr. Levi got rid of my hip pain-which I had for 4 years! I had seen 2 other doctors. First we tried a steroid injection into my bursitis. The pain came back 4 months later. Dr Levi did PRP on my hip tendon and now the pain has been gone for 2 years!
Seven years ago my big toe hurt so much, I had slmost had to give up even simple things like just walking.
Arthritis had destroyed most of the cartilage in my big toe joint. The outlook sounded dismal. I was faced with possible surgery and a resultant fused toe joint.
Then I met with Dr. Lisa Barr, and ended up trying Prolo Therapy. This worked faily well. However, over the years, I have been fortunate to have Dr. Barr try something faster, better, and longer lasting - PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). PRP has proved to be a "miracle treatment" for my toe (not to mention my rotator cuff problems).
I am now "rapid-walking" approximately 96 mies every month - that's over 1,600 miles since I started over 16 months ago. I have had no pain or even discomfort. My wife ways I'm in "great shape".
P.S. As for my rotator cuff, I now work out and play golf on a regular basis with no discomfort.
When I first came to APM I thought there was nothing that could be done for me. I couldn’t walk upstairs because of my hip. I couldn’t sleep on that side. I couldn’t walk my dog at night which I love to do. We tried a steroid injection which worked much longer than the others I had before. He used an ultrasound to show him where to put the needle. When it came back we talked a lot about options. He let me make the decisions. We decided on trying a healing type of treatment PRP which used my own blood. This worked so well. I can sleep! I can do anything now without it hurting. I can’t thank Dr. Levi enough.
Before I saw Dr. Levi, I had two steroid shots for my tennis elbow which did not help much. I spent 3 months in physical therapy. I saw Dr. Levi and he did an ultrasound and could see tears in the tendon. He did a procedure called PRP with my own blood. It worked! It is the first time in years I can do everything without my elbow pain. I can even paint again.
After a long-standing, painful hip, Dr. Levi suggested PRP. I'm 6 weeks post-injection (procedure) and already feel 50%-75% better.
I had spent two years in physical therapy while being bounced from Specialist to Specialist, all who repeatedly told me they did not know what was wrong or how to fix my lower back pain. The problem was that my right SI joint would slip out of place, causing severe pain and considerable restriction. It seemed the only solution would be to fuse the joint, but every Doctor refused because I was only 25 years old. I was close to giving up when I was finally referred to Dr. Scott Horn. He was the first Doctor to tell me that he could help. He told me about a procedure known as Prolotherapy. He described the process to me and told me he felt it was my best bet. I was hesitant because it involved needles and I've never been very good with it. Nonetheless, I was close to desperation and Dr. Horn was the first Doctor to tell me he could help. So I agreed.
To my utter relief, Prolotherapy worked! After the third session I started to notice a difference. My SI joint slipped less and was easier to manipulate back in when it did. I did five sessions total and by the fifth one, I was already able to walk around the block with no pain! The change was amazing, I was vacuuming, sweeping, even dancing a little, all with no slipping of my SI joint. This was a major difference from the point where I'd bend over to pick up a pencil and it would slip out.
Prolotherapy was a blessing! It gave me back my life, letting me live like a 25 year old should! I'm active again and it's all thanks to the patience of Dr. Horn and his staff! Dr. Horn and his nurses were phenomenal! They were all professional, courteous and just a pleasure to interact with. They were always quick to greet me and even keep me distracted during the session. I've never been good with needles, but Dr. Horn and his group worked wonders! If ever I need any pain management in the future, I would return to Dr. Horn in a heartbeat. I truly cannot say enough good things about him or his staff and the work they do!
My hip joint is bone on bone. My family doctor referred me to Dr Levi. He gave me years of relief with steroid injections once a year. When that stopped working and they wanted to replace my hip I wouldn’t do it. He suggested we try the blood concentrate into my hip with ultrasound. I did it and am so happy. I can walk upstairs much better and still get around shopping.
Dear Dr. Barr,
I came to you suffering left knee pain from a past skiing accident and right knee pain from years of compensating for the left. I had swelling, pain, limitations of activity and a constant negative awareness of the knees.
You and your staff were wonderful and treated me with great care at the APM Center in Virginia Beach. I had PRP on both knees about three years ago. The knees started to improve with this treatment. Approximately six to eight months later, I had the procedure repeated. I have been able to resume my normal activities and have pain only occasionally.
My husband, who is a physician, has been so impressed with my progress that he has referred several of his patients with ongoing pain to your office. We both want to thank you and your staff and share with others my success story. Keep up the good work.
About 6 years ago, my big left toe hurt so much that I could hardly walk. "Doctors" told me I needed surgery. Fortunately I declined and ended up in APM with Dr. Barr. At first I tried Prolo Therapy shots in my toe. They worked! No more pain. But I needed annual "boosters" Now I am benefitting from PRP. WOW! Even better than Prolo! I can now run, jog or speed-walk every day totally pain free!
"I suffered from chronic bursitis in both hips and received multiple injections to relieve the pain. I agreed to have PRP on both of the tendons in my hips, with the hope of strengthening them and eliminating the bursitis. I have bursitis pain free since that time! PRP worked for me and I recommend it to others. Thank you Dr. Levi and APM!!"
I was having trouble with the arthritis in my lower spine. The pain was in my lower back and down my legs. Celebrex and pain meds were not helping. Dr. Barr treated me with PRP. Within 2 days the pain in my legs and back was almost completely gone. The only pain medicine I now use is Tylenol – 4 tablets a day.
I have really bad knee arthritis. Bone on bone. I really did not want a knee replacement. I tried other shots but nothing lasted more than a week or two. We decided to try PRP. It is not perfect but it is much better. I can play golf again-and walk!
I began treating with Dr. Horn for pain in my lower back and hips. The diagnosis took a bit of time for us to figure out but when he was able to pinpoint the injury, his recommended course of treatment was conservatively aggressive to help get me back to a point where I could sit without much discomfort. At first we tried conventional modalities for treatment including Physical Therapy and injections. As these treatments began to have minimal improvements, Dr. Horn recommended PRP. He walked me through how the PRP works and suggested I do some research to see if I was willing to try this modality of treatment. As we discussed the treatment, Dr. Horn was very clear on the fact that this may take multiple treatments. I asked, "What is multiple?" He said, "At least two–maybe three or four." After the first treatment, I thought, "Why would I put myself through that again?" Then I began to see the improvements as time went on and I continued with therapy. Then came a second plateau and we tried many other alternatives. I agreed to a second round of PRP and the improvement I had was remarkable! It has been well over a year and I continue to see improvements in my hips, which I believe are fundamentally due to the PRP and Physical Therapy combination. The physical therapy was only going to get my so far and the PRP has pushed my healing well over to the top.
Thank you, Dr. Horn for taking the time to explain the PRP treatment, advantages and disadvantages, and most importantly for thinking outside the traditional treatment modalities to help push my healing process.
Chronic Shoulder pain had plagued me for over 5 years. I had two surgeries, PRP, dry needling, Graston, cortisone... you name it. I had tried everything with almost zero relief. I was then referred to Dr. Barr and after my first treatment had so much relief that I refused to believe it was permanent, it couldn't have been that simple. The solution? Addressing the scar tissue via mannitol injections. I did not want to believe that years of pain had been from a few minor incisions from an old surgery years prior. I was convinced the problem had to be much broader, but I was wrong. Dr. Barr's pinpoint accuracy (using ultrasound guided PRP injections-rather than the blind injections I received from a prior doctor), along with her aggressive macro level approach to treating the entire shoulder, and not just one particular part, turned back the clock and truly FIXED my shoulder. I have since returned to all of the very physical activities I had loved doing, pain free. If anyone out there has tried "everything" like I had, they owe it to themselves to pick up the phone and make the appointment.
After a car accident, I was treated by two different physicians. I felt like a ping-pong ball being bounced back and forth. They both said they could not do anything more for me after one year of pain in my left shoulder. My primary care doctor sent me to APM to see Dr. Lisa Barr. I was amazed that after my first treatment, I could lift my left arm over my head with no pain. I continued treatment with APM for prolo therapy. I wish I could have seen Dr. Barr earlier. If you want pain to go away, visit APM and you will get the results you have been waiting for. Thanks Dr. Barr and APM. I can enjoy my life again.
I broke my spine in 2004. Since then I continued with PT and have had different spinal blocks and have had prolo-therapy twice before. Now in 2012 I was in a lot of pain with my SI joints, so Dr. Barr again recommended prolo. Discouraged, I agreed. Wow, after 3 sessions I am pain-free with little aches due to weather changes. First time in years, I’m pain free and happy.
I struggled for years with my hamstring. I thought it was sciatica. Other doctors told me it was as well. Dr Levi did a bunch of tests and it turns out it was my hamstring. We did PRP to the tendon and I got my life back. No more pain. I would recommend Dr Levi to anyone.
I wanted to convey a heartfelt thank you for your help with my herniated disc in my back. The shots you gave me helped me to avoid surgery, and I am very appreciative.
I am also grateful for the kindness you showed me during this scary period in my life – all of the staff there were very nice to me and understanding of my fear.
Thank you for helping me through this.