About Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that relieves pain by promoting long-lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. By enhancing the body’s natural healing capacity, PRP therapy has been shown to lead to a more rapid, efficient and thorough restoration of tissues to a healthy state. Since PRP is prepared from your own blood, there is little to no concern of rejection or infection.
PRP consists of a concentrated solution of platelets, growth factors, signaling molecules and other proteins that play vital roles in orchestrating healing responses and tissue regeneration. To yield therapeutic benefits, a dose of over one billion platelets per mL of PRP is targeted, containing the key growth factors and other molecules necessary to accelerate and augment the healing and regeneration process.
Several recent studies and reviews have demonstrated PRP to be more effective than steroids or hyaluronic acid, the current, standard treatments for knee osteoarthritis.
A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that patients with elbow tendinosis receiving PRP reported a 46% reduction in pain by week four, and an 81% reduction in pain after six months. At the study’s conclusion, 93% of patients were completely satisfied with their PRP treatment and had avoided surgery!
How it Works
After identifying the tailored PRP solution needed to treat your pain, a blood sample is drawn and run through a centrifuge which separates the blood into its components.
Plasma, which contains the beneficial platelets, is collected and further refined, concentrating these vital platelets and healing molecules.
The final, personalized PRP solution is then injected in the joint space or in soft tissues. Concentrated platelets and growth factors to stimulate and enhance the body’s healing response to treat acute injury, inflammation or chronic degenerative disease.
Some patients begin experiencing pain relief shortly after their first PRP injection. Significant pain relief is normally felt after two weeks, and the healing process continues with full benefits usually felt after six to eight weeks.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Can Treat:
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tendonitis and tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Degenerative disc or joint disease