Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a revolutionary non-surgical technique performed as an in-office procedure. Platelets are the first cells that respond to the site of an injury. The platelets release growth factors and cell mediators that initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
Platelet Rich Plasma is prepared by taking a small sample of the patient’s blood which is placed in special processing tubes and then spun down in a centrifuge. This procedure separates the red blood cells from the platelets and serum. The red blood cells are discarded and the PRP is then injected into the area where the tissues have been damaged.
Since the PRP is considered autologous, meaning it comes from the patient, there is no chance of allergy or drug interaction. PRP also has a natural antibiotic quality so there is little chance of infection.
PRP is different from cortisone injections in many ways. Cortisone is a strong anti-inflammatory and “turns off” the inflammatory response. In many instances, cortisone interrupts the natural healing cycle and therefore tissues do not heal completely. Actually cortisone has been shown to weaken the tissues in the area of the injection. The benefit of cortisone is with less inflammation, there is usually less pain. PRP performs the opposite function. PRP “restarts” the healing cascade, bringing growth factors, cytokines and peptides to the area. These factors help to regenerate and heal the tissue, making it stronger over time. If you’ve had multiple cortisone injections in an area, you may consider PRP therapy to try to counteract the weakening effects of cortisone. PRP helps to heal and strengthen damaged connective tissue, including tendons and ligaments up to 40%.
Common conditions treated with PRP:
- Tendon and Ligament damage
- Rotator Cuff injury
- Sports Injuries
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Golfer and Tennis Elbow
- Achilles Tendonitis
PRP is also able to be combined with other treatments such as stem cell injections and Class IV therapeutic laser.
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