Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (sometimes referred to as regenerative therapy) is an exciting, revolutionary, non-surgical treatment which uses your body’s own adult stem cells and blood platelets to heal itself. PRP is a treatment that works for people suffering from chronic and acute pain caused by an injury.
What is PRP Therapy?
Most people associate platelets with clot formation. While that certainly is an important function of platelets, they are also very much involved in injury healing. Human platelets are extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulate a natural repair process. In order to benefit from these natural healing proteins, the platelets must first be concentrated. In other words, PRP recreates and stimulates the body’s natural healing process. PRP is obtained by a blood draw just like you would have if you were donating blood.
PRP Therapy reduces the need for surgical intervention and extended rehabilitation. Minimally invasive injections reduce the risks inherent with surgery and virtually eliminate the need for lengthy and painful rehab. Healing is rapid, with many patients seeing a noticeable improvement in a matter of days.
How does PRP Therapy work?
Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell. Blood is made up of 93% red cells (RBCs), 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells (WBCs), and plasma. The goal of PRP is to maximize the number or concentration of platelets while minimizing the number of RBCs. Generally speaking, the higher the concentration of platelets, the better. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells which results in healing of the injured tissue.
PRP Therapy is used for a Variety of Conditions:
– Arthritis of the Knee, Hip, or Shoulder
– Rotator Cuff Tears
– Tennis Elbow
– Hip Bursitis
– Ligament and Tendon Pain
– Back and Neck Pain
Is PRP Therapy right for you? For many patients, we recommend a course of rest and modified activity first, to see if the injury responds positively. If that approach fails, or if time is of the essence, PRP therapy may provide the relief and healing you seek. Research indicates that platelet-rich plasma therapy is safe, with very few reports of side effects or complications. We use this revolutionary treatment regularly for our patients and we get excellent results.