What is PRP? (Platelet Rich Plasma)
It is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. These platelets contain proteins and growth factors that initialize and accelerate regeneration and tissue repair. These proteins initiate connective tissue healing, tendon, ligament, and bone repair and regeneration, stimulate wound healing, and promote development of new blood vessels.
How does PRP work?
First we draw the patient’s blood; then we use a specialized machine to separate the plasma from the blood. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes. Then the PRP is injected into the damaged area, which stimulates the healing process of the tendon or ligament. Meanwhile, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing.
What area can be treated?
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments all over the body; examples: acute tendon rupture, resistant fractures, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and cartlege injuries.
How many treatments of PRP are necessary?
Of course treatment varies with each individual, but most people require as series of 1 to 3 injections 4 to 6 weeks apart. There is no limit the risks and side effects do not change with amount of injection.
What are the benefits of PRP?
Patients have seen reduced pain and symptoms with healing times decreased by 50%. This treatment of PRP may eliminate surgery and medication treatments. Patients may see remarkable return of function.
Is PRP right for my condition?
If you have been told you need surgery for a tendon or ligament injury, then yes this is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. PRP will alleviate further degeneration and heal the tissue. The doctor will do a initial examination to see if PRP is right for you.