Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy has shown a great deal of promise in treating a variety of debilitating conditions. We utilize this therapy to help our patients move beyond merely treating the symptoms, making it possible for them to enjoy relief from chronic joint pain through regenerative healing, while avoiding surgery.
For our patients, this adds up to an improved quality of life brought about through natural means: namely, by mobilizing the healing factors that are already present in the patient's own bloodstream and putting them to work on their behalf.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a type of therapy that uses an above-baseline concentration of the platelets that are present in the patient's own blood plasma to facilitate and promote healing. For this treatment, the patient's blood is collected, spun in a centrifuge, and the resulting platelet rich plasma is re-injected at the site of the injury or debilitation. This innovative therapy offers patients a safe, natural alternative to drugs or surgery in treating acute or chronic joint pain. This breakthrough treatment also accelerates healing in the case of injury or trauma and helps prevent complications during the healing process.
The Science Behind the Treatment
Platelet rich plasma therapy has been shown to be effective in treating degenerative conditions, injuries and other types of trauma to the body's tissues [1,2,3]. Because it contains platelet-derived growth factor, epithelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor and transforming growth factors , platelet rich plasma increases collagen synthesis and activates tissue-healing pathways. This helps promote faster and more complete healing, while reducing the likelihood of infection.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis of the spine, knee, hip and shoulder; tendinitis; bursitis; rotator cuff injuries; ACL injuries; chronic plantar fasciitis; and tennis elbow are examples of some of the conditions that can be safely and naturally treated using platelet rich plasma therapy. These treatments have brought many of our patients’ relief from pain and stiffness, while accelerating the natural healing process.
The procedure involves collecting a small blood sample, in much the same way as would be done during any blood test, processing that blood by spinning it in a centrifuge, and injecting it into and around the area(s) that require treatment. The injected plasma, which contains a high concentration of beneficial platelets and other tissue growth and healing factors, goes right to work promoting healing in the affected area. The procedure is safe, with no danger of rejection since your own blood is used.
What to Expect?
Since every case and every condition is unique, one-size-fits-all predictions cannot be made regarding specific results. However, on average, after a brief period of rest and recovery — accompanied by avoidance of excessive physical activity — most patients experience some level of improvement in their condition, with reduced joint pain and stiffness and increased range of motion. In some cases, depending on the specific condition, a brace or splint may be needed for a few days following the procedure, and/or post-procedure physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises may be required to build strength [5,6], helping to make the most of the enhanced healing properties that have been conferred by their platelet rich plasma therapy treatment.
Your Personal Treatment Protocol
Many patients experience sufficient — or even complete — relief after one or two platelet rich plasma treatments, though three such treatments may be given within a six-month period . Following your therapy, we will discuss your individual case with you, monitoring your progress and assessing your level of improvement to determine whether or not you require additional treatments to enhance or maintain the relief brought about by your initial procedure.
We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about platelet rich plasma therapy and how it might help you enjoy a more active lifestyle — a lifestyle that's free from continuous debilitating pain and discomfort due to degenerative joint issues or injury. Call us today for a free consultation. With every treatment we offer, our ultimate goal is to help you live a happier, healthier life.