Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP is a form of regenerative injection therapy that employs our body’s own healing compounds known as growth factors. These are injected directly into injured joints and tissues nearby enhancing your body’s natural repair process.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an advanced Orthobiological procedure that uses your own blood to create your own biologically unique tonic containing your own proteins and growth factors. This specialized solution is then injected in the affected areas in order to help heal injuries and revitalize your tissues.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a minimally invasive, regenerative medicine treatment that uses platelets and plasma from your own blood that collects and concentrates your body’s natural healing catalysts.
The process begins with a blood draw which is then processed in a special centrifuge to concentrate and activate the platelets and plasma. The final solution contains nearly 2000 activated proteins, also known as growth factors, that are known to help heal injuries, relieve inflammation and eliminate pain. This solution is then immediately injected into injured joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles.
The appointment typically takes 45 to 90 minutes depending on the location of the injuries and how many areas of the body are being addressed since multiple areas can receive Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment at the same time.
While PRP therapy is used for a wide variety of conditions, some of the most common issues that benefit from PRP therapy include:
- Arthritic degeneration/degenerative joint disease
- Tendon or ligament tears
- Muscle injuries
- Bone damage
- Acute, chronic recurrent joint pain
- Weak or damaged ligaments and tendons
- Shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries and partial-tears.
- Spine including back and neck pain
- Pains, strains, and instability of any joints
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Overuse injuries etc.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
A few days of soreness at the injection site is normal. Some patients respond well to just one treatment. Others may need more treatments. Follow-up re-evaluation will help determine the best next steps. Injections are spaced 6-8 weeks apart, as needed.
PRP and prolotherapy are used together as alternating therapeutic procedures as they work synergistically to help restore structure and function in the affected areas.