Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
At the Pain and Management Center, we believe in using a patient’s own stem cells and PRP healing factors to offer relief from pain and get a person back to a healthy and active lifestyle. Because PRP uses the patient’s own blood, we are utilizing the patient’s own healing factors. These are the same growth factors that heal a person when they are recovering from a cut or a wound. They are being concentrated and injected into an area that is injured or not vascular (does not normally receive much/ if any blood flow). The regenerative properties of the platelets are targeted towards the injury site. This helps to aid and speed up the recovery process by addressing the injury directly and offers long-term healing benefits. By doing so, stem cells and PRP can provide more effective regeneration and help the body heal. Many patients begin to feel relief after just one treatment, which may even be a permanent result.
PRP treatment has been utilized in Europe for over 20 years now and professional athletes have been seeing the benefits of this treatment for as long. Until recently, athletes and interested patients would travel overseas for such treatment. Finally, approximately 5-6 years ago this treatment was approved for use in the United States!
PRP is a safe and effective approach to healing using your own blood and could possibly eliminate the need for surgery!
Platelet-rich plasma involves taking a small sample of the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate the platelets and plasma from the other components of your blood. This concentrated solution is then injected back into the body at the injury site.
But WHY does PRP work?
Platelets are the part of the blood that contain growth factors and proteins. These are very important in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue. PRP Therapy works by accelerating the body’s own healing process and bringing the healing to areas in the body that would not normally receive this healing. Your body’s joints, tendons and ligaments receive limited blood flow; therefore in most cases, it is very difficult for these areas to heal on their own. Injecting one’s own PRP directly to the injury site works by encouraging the growth and regeneration/healing of new, healthy cells.
What injuries can PRP help?
There are many ways that PRP can safely and effectively treat many ailments or injuries. PRP has been shown to drastically increase the joint’s ability to recover by adding billions of additional growth factors. Weakened ligaments and tendons cause the majority of the pain and damage related to joints. Our platelet rich plasma treatments strengthen these weak tissues, leading to improved joint and muscle functions with significantly less pain.
Some of the most common injuries that have benefitted from our PRP Therapy are:
⦁ Osteoarthritis of the major joints (knee, shoulder, ankle, hip and spine
⦁ Rotator cuff strains and tears
⦁ Torn meniscus injuries
⦁ Tendonitis and ligament sprains
⦁ Chronic knee pain (arthritis or injury)
⦁ Muscle strains, trigger points
⦁ Tendonosis (Tennis Elbow)
⦁ Carpal tunnel