Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a revolutionary and conservative approach to natural healing for numerous orthopedic conditions and athletic injuries. PRP therapy may make it possible to avoid surgery and return to sports and work sooner.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a therapy that promotes healing using your own blood. We collect a sample of your blood and spin it down to separate out the plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets play a critical role in healing wounds, soft tissue injuries, and fractures by activating stem cells in order to regenerate new, healthy tissue. An injection of platelet-rich plasma gives your body a natural boost to accelerate the healing process. Some patients report pain relief in addition to rapid healing.
In summary platelets:
- Promote the growth of specific types of cells and tissues
- Increase development of new blood vessels
- Accelerate bone regeneration
- Initiate connective tissue
What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a low-risk, non-invasive treatment. It can heal orthopedic conditions like arthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries. It also benefits people who are not candidates for surgery or want to avoid surgery due to age, health, or other concerns. Other benefits include:
- Pain relief and healing
- Regeneration of healthy tissues
- Fewer complications than surgery
- Minimal down time
- No incision, no scarring
Does PRP Therapy Treat My Condition?
PRP therapy uses your own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process. It is typically effective in orthopedic conditions such as:
- Partial Rotator Cuff Tears
- Sprains and strains
- Joint Capsular Laxity
- Plantar Fasciitis
- And much more
What is the Procedure Like?
First, we draw a small amount of blood and spin it in a specialized FDA-approved device to separate the platelets, growth factors, and white blood cells. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain large reservoirs of growth factors that are essential to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
Using ultrasound guidance for targeted placement, we then inject the platelets and growth factors into the damaged tissue. The high concentration of platelets signals the body that there is injured tissue to be healed and attracts healing cells to the area to accelerate repair process.
Am I a Candidate for PRP Therapy?
Only you and your doctor can decide if PRP is right for you. Schedule a consultation to discuss further.
Unfortunately PRP is not covered by insurance.