Michael Boyd, MD

Dr. Boyd is originally from the Midwest, receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and attending medical school at Kansas City University. Becoming a Tarheel in 2016, Dr. Boyd completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He then went on to serve as team physician for the Tar Heels, NCCU Eagles and Carrboro High School during his Sports Medicine Fellowship. While at UNC, Dr. Boyd received advanced training in ultrasound and x-ray guided procedures. After fellowship, he joined the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic to continue to help patients with various musculoskeletal problems who are interested in non-surgical care.
Double board certified in Sports Medicine and PM&R, Dr. Boyd’s clinical interests focus on nonoperative orthopaedic treatments, including physical rehabilitation and, when necessary, joint, spine, tendon, and nerve injections. He sees patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues from head to toe, including neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back, hip, knee, ankle, and foot problems. He enjoys treating patients of all ages to help them get back to what they love to do.
Throughout his career, Dr. Boyd has been recognized with several honors. While in medical school, he was inducted to the Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honors Fraternity and received the Excellence Scholarship for achieving top marks on his medical board exams. During his residency, he received Intern of the Year and Resident of the Year Awards as well as serving as Chief Resident at UNC. Dr. Boyd has conducted research and authored several papers on non-surgical management of orthopaedic conditions. He has given presentations at international and national meetings and is an active member in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine as well as the Spine Intervention Society.
Dr. Boyd is married to his wife Amanda, and they have one daughter, Nora. They enjoy exploring the North Carolina outdoors with Nora and their two dogs. He also enjoys cooking, playing golf and losing to his wife at pickleball.

One of the unfortunate byproducts of many medical conditions is the loss of quality of life that comes along with being unable to perform routine activities. Paul J.W. Tawney, MD and Michael Boyd, DO, of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham specialize in nonoperative orthopaedic care, with the goal being to enable our patients to return to their previous abilities without surgery.
We treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal, joint, muscle and soft tissue conditions. Led by Dr. Tawney and Dr. Boyd, our Raleigh-Durham area specialists highlight a nonoperative approach for our patients, putting the emphasis on physical therapy and non-narcotic pain management procedures. We also offer an extensive selection of treatment options, which includes the following for procedures for pain management:

• Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
• Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Joint Injection
• Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injection
• Subacromial Bursa Injection
• Biceps Tendon and Rotator Cuff Injection
• Elbow Injection
• Cubital Tunnel Injection
• Wrist Injection
• Carpal Tunnel Injection
• Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
• Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
• Sacroiliac Joint Injection
• Radiofrequency Ablation
• Hip Joint Injection
• Trochanteric Bursa Injection
• Piriformis Injection
• Knee Joint Injection
• Ankle Injection
• Foot Injection
• Tendon Injection
• Nerve Injection
• Trigger Point Injection

Our Specialists in the Raleigh-Durham Area Will Present the Right Treatment Option for You
However, should your condition appear to necessitate a potential surgical solution, our Raleigh-Durham area team will recommend one of our surgeons to address your specific needs. The North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham and Duke Medicine are committed in finding you the most appropriate and direct route to functional restoration—so you can get back to enjoying your life in the most painless and normal way possible.

To get the best treatment and the most attentive personal care for your physical medicine and rehabilitation treatment, be sure to contact the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham. Give us a call at 919.471.9622 or submit the appointment form on this page to schedule your personal consultation with our team in the Raleigh-Durham area. As part of Duke Medicine, our community-oriented specialists, personal touch and state-of-the-art facilities allow us to deliver the treatment you need—with the care you deserve.
North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to serve Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Morrisville, Clayton, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Mebane and surrounding areas.

Regenerative Medicine
PRP - Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

What is PRP?
Dr. Boyd offers PRP, or “platelet-rich plasma,” for certain conditions. PRP is a revolutionary new treatment for chronic sports and musculoskeletal injuries that is taking the sports medicine and orthopedic community by storm. Pittsburgh Steelers stars Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu credit PRP treatment for enabling them to play in the 2009 Super Bowl. Other recent press in the New York Times again describes PRP and its benefits for athletes of all types.

Why Does PRP Work?
Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell. Blood is made up of 93% red cells (RBCs), 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells (WBCs), and plasma. Most people associate platelets with clot formation. While that certainly is an important function of platelets, they are also very much involved in injury healing. Human platelets are naturally extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulates a natural repair process. But in order to benefit from these natural healing proteins, the platelets must first be concentrated. In other words, PRP recreates and stimulates the body’s natural healing process.

How is PRP Done?
In the office, blood is drawn from the patient (just like getting a blood test) and placed in a special centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the RBCs, and the remaining platelets and plasma are then highly concentrated. (The WBCs, which comprise only a fraction of the total cells, go along for the ride with the platelets and plasma.) The red blood cells are discarded, and the resulting platelet concentrate is used for treatment.
In most cases, Dr. Boyd will perform the injections under direct ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement of the platelet concentrate in the damaged area. The entire treatment, from blood draw to solution preparation, to injection, takes 45 minutes.

How Often are Injections Given?
After the initial treatment, a follow up visit is scheduled 2-4 weeks later to evaluate healing progress. Some patients respond very well to just one treatment. However, 2-3 treatments may be necessary in some injuries. If multiple injections are given, injections are typically given every 2-4 weeks.

What Conditions Benefit From PRP?
PRP treatment can be very helpful for many cases of osteoarthritis (the "wear & tear" kind). PRP can help stimulate a "smoothing over" of the roughened and arthritic cartilage, reducing the pain and disability of arthritis. This includes:
· Knee arthritis
· Hip joint arthritis
· Shoulder arthritis
· And other joint arthritis
PRP can also work for acute and chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including:
· Rotator cuff injuries
· Tennis & golfer’s elbow
· Patellofemoral syndrome
· Ankle sprains
· Plantar fasciitis
· Other chronic tendon and ligament problems

Is PRP Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do NOT pay for PRP injections.

Do PRP Injections Hurt?
Lidocaine is used to numb the area to be injected. Unlike a steroid injection, there may be pain for the next few days after an injection. For the days preceding the injection and for the first week after the injections it is critical to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, including Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex and aspirin (unless prescribed by your heart doctor). These will interfere with the healing response. Tylenol is OK. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication also.

Are There Risks With PRP?
Anytime a needle is placed anywhere in the body, even getting blood drawn, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. However, these are very rare. Other complications, though rare, vary depending on the area being treated, and will be discussed by your doctor before starting treatment. Because PRP uses your own blood adverse reactions are rare.

What is the Success Rate?
Studies suggest an improvement of 80-85%. Some patients experience complete relief of their pain. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med (2008) 1:165–174