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The Kaplan Center Announces New Doctor Specializing in PRP
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The Kaplan Center Announces New Doctor Specializing in PRP

From Cher Murphy of Cher Murphy PR:

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – (January 3, 2011) – The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, located in McLean, Va., is delighted to announce that Dr. David Wang has joined their medical team. A native of Northern Virginia and an alumnus of both VirginiaTech and Thomas Jefferson High School, Dr. Wang returns to McLean after several years of practicing rehabilitative medicine in Boston at two Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals -- Massachusetts General Hospital and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital -- and serving as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wang is an expert in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and an international leader in utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy to help restore arthritic and injured joints.

“We are very pleased welcome Dr. Wang back to his home here in Virginia,” sa Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com). “There are many people in our community who can benefit from his medical expertise and compassionate approach, especially in the area of pain management.

“For me, this a story come full circle. During my first year at Virginia Tech, Idecided I wanted to study medicine, so I wrote to local medical practices near my home in Northern Virginia to ask for a chance to volunteer. Dr. Kaplan invited me to work in his office, which I did for two summers. I was inspired by the Center’s patient-centered, holistic approach. The physicians spend lots of time listening to a patient before conducting a comprehensive musculoskeletal and acupuncture assessment,” explains Dr. Wang. “The Center also offers physical therapy and nutritional and psychotherapeutic counseling, services that can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan, ifnecessary. This integrative approach is very powerful in helping people recover from chronic pain and illness, and it’s what brought me back to the Kaplan Center.”  

One of Dr. Wang medical specialties is PRP, a therapy that helps repair damagedtendons, ligaments, and joints without surgery. The procedure involves taking a small amount of a patient’s blood, centrifuging it to concentrate theplatelets, and then transfusing the injured joint with the platelet solution. The therapy relies upon the growth factors in the platelets to induce healing of ligaments, tendons, and joints. Dr. Wang has trained many other physicians in the US and internationally on the proper administration of PRP, and on the benefits the procedure can provide to patients suffering from joint, tendon, and ligament damage.  PRP has helped elite athletes such as golfer Tiger Woods and football-wide receiver Hines Ward recover from their injuries and return to their sports faster.

Dr. Wang is also an expert in Prolotherapy, a method for treating chronic pain caused by injured tendons, ligaments, and joints. Prolotherapy is often used to treat low back pain; but it can also be used to help resolve wrist, elbow, and other joint pain. The process involves injecting a solution into the painful area to initiate healing.

To diagnose and treat patients with PRP and Prolotherapy, Dr. Wang uses an advanced imaging technology known as Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (DMU).  Through the use of sound waves, the DMU allows physicians to look at injured tissue so they can more accurately diagnose and treat muscular injuries. DMU is extremely safe and is available right in the medical office.

Dr. Wang graduated from Virginia Tech summa cum laude, and earned his Doctor ofOsteopathic Medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. As an osteopath, Dr. Wang brings a ‘hands-on’ approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders. He completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he was appointed Chief Resident. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and he is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  Dr. Wang’s areas of clinical expertise include sports medicine and non-surgical spine care. He has also published book chapters on musculoskeletal medicine, spine care, and acupuncture.  

Several weeks each year, Dr. Wang participates in medical missions organized by theAmerican Association of Orthopedic Medicine and the Hackett Hemwall Foundation, to care for underserved patients in Mexico, Guatamala, and Honduras. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Wang is a disciplined student of the martial arts, having earned a black belt in both Tae Kwon Do and Hsing-i Kung Fu. He speaks three languages: English, Chinese, and Spanish.

“For over 25 years, we have been finding solutions for individuals suffering with chronic pain and illness by combining the best features of conventional andcomplementary and alternative medicine,” explains Dr. Kaplan. “With Dr. Wang joining the Center I get to work with a dear friend and colleague and a superb physician who is committed to helping patients find optimal solutions for their pain problems.”

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