Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a treatment method that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
When should I consider PRP therapy?
PRP Therapy should be considered when your body hasn't healed itself after an adequate amount of time.
If an injury hasn't healed and you're still experiencing pain, slow healing or weakness at the site then PRP Therapy can be
Will PRP help with pain?
Some patients have experienced a total reduction in pain and complete healing. If your injury is slightly more serious, a stronger therapy like regenerative cell therapy will be recommended.
What's the procedure like?
It's a simple, non-surgical, & painless procedure that's takes about an hour.
A small amount of blood will be taken and run through a centrifuge; separating the blood cells. The concentrated platelets will be separated and re-injected into the site of your injury. Minimal downtime with results within 6 - 12 weeks.
What Can PRP Help With?
- OSTEOARTHRITIS Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip.
- ROTATOR CUFF Rotator cuff tears can cause severe pain. PRP can be used to help heal quicker.
- ACL TEARS You could avoid invasive ACL surgery. PRP is just using your body's own healing mechanism.
- TENNIS ELBOW / GOLFER'S ELBOW Chronic overuse of the elbow joint can cause extremely painful damage. Many athletes use PRP for quicker healing.
- TENDONITIS PRP is a great option when damaged tendons that fail to heal during physical therapy.
- LIGAMENT SPRAINS A sprain is a stretch, tear, or complete rupture. These can be very painful and take a while to heal. PRP can bring quicker pain relief and much faster healing.
- SHOULDER PAIN PRP is a great option for when muscles fail to heal with any surgery or therapy.
- PLANTAR FASCIITIS Plantar Fasciitis is common but yet difficult condition to treat. PRP however has proven results.
- KNEE PAIN PRP is almost painless and is a great option for osteoarthritis.
- HERNIATED DISCS Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints.
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