Relief with Regenerative Medicine: Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a procedure that assists with healing and the regeneration of damaged tissue. It is used in many fields of medicine from cosmetic surgery and dentistry to sports medicine and pain management. Clinical data has shown that the healing factors present in platelet-rich plasma may enhance and accelerate your body’s inadequate healing process.
PRP is a concentrated form of the platelets in your blood, obtained by processing your blood in a special centrifuge. When an injury occurs, platelets naturally begin the healing process in your body.
PRP therapy is used alone or in concert with other treatment options, to address the following conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
- Ankle sprains/ligament injury
- Hamstring tendonitis or tears
- Hip pain
- Joint pain
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
- Muscle pain or injury
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Tendinopathy or partial tears
- Shin Splints
- Tendon injuries (Patellar Tendonitis, Quad Tendon)
- Tendonitis (Bicipital, Peroneal)
PRP therapy begins by drawing a small amount of your blood. Then your blood is separated into different layers in a centrifuge which allows for the harvesting of a high concentration of platelets. Platelets contain proteins and growth factors that the body uses in repairing injuries.
These platelets are injected directly into the site of your injury or damaged tissue. The platelets release signaling proteins that attract your body’s stem cells to the injured area. By injecting concentrated PRP into an area of concern, your body recognizes this site as a priority, working to heal more quickly and thoroughly.
If you have any discomfort after the procedure, we recommend using Tylenol instead of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like Advil, Aleve, etc. NSAIDs can inhibit platelet activity and may, therefore, decrease the efficacy of the PRP treatment.
Tiger Woods (golf), Rafael Nadal (tennis), Kobe Bryant (basketball), Hines Ward (football), and Alex Rodriquez (baseball) have all reportedly used PRP therapy for their sports-related injuries.
PRP therapy is new and cutting-edge technology and was only available outside the United States until recently. The FDA recently approved the PRP extraction process for use in the U.S. However; not all insurance companies cover PRP therapy yet.
Regenerative medicine procedures are minimally-invasive techniques that follow our underlying philosophy of leaving no stone unturned when considering supreme patient outcomes. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy offers tremendous promise to help us understand and treat a variety of diseases, injuries, and other health-related conditions. We look forward to helping you live your best life!