What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of your own blood platelets. With the use of a kit and nitrile gloves, we will collect a sample of your blood and spin it down to separate the plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets play a critical role in healing wounds and soft tissue injuries by activating stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue. An injection of platelet-rich plasma gives your body a natural boost to accelerate the healing process. Many patients report pain relief in addition to rapid healing.
What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a low-risk, non-invasive treatment. It can help orthopedic conditions like osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries anywhere in the body. 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:
- Rapid 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 and growth factors. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain large reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are essential to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
Next, we numb the areas to be treated with an anesthetic injection. Using ultrasound guidance for targeted placement, we then inject the platelets and their 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 jump start the repair process. For minor soft tissue injuries, the body is usually able to send in enough healing cells to repair the injury.
Often PRP must be combined with an adult biocellular graft. Whether this additional graft is necessary depends on the site being treated and the severity of the injured/diseased tissue.
Am I a Candidate for PRP Therapy?
Only you and your doctor can decide if PRP is right for you. If you want to avoid surgery and get long-lasting pain relief, we encourage you to learn more about regenerative therapy and talk to an expert.
Performance Orthopedics prides itself on leading the pack when it comes to PRP, stem cells, and other natural healing therapies. Call today to schedule some one-on-one time with a PRP specialist at any of our treatment centers.