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 and regeneration, stimulate wound healing, and promote development of new blood vessels.
How does PRP work?
First, the patient’s blood is drawn; then we use a specialized machine to separate the plasma from the blood. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes. Once the plasma is separated 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; including rotator cuff, meniscus tear, muscle strain/sprain, and degeneration of the joints.
How many treatments of PRP are necessary?
Treatment varies with each individual, but most people require a series of 1 to 3 injections 4 to 6 weeks apart. There is no limit to how many injections you can receive.
What are the benefits of PRP?
Patients have seen reduced pain and symptoms with healing times decreased by 50%. PRP may eliminate the need for surgery or medication. Patients have reported remarkable return of function to the injured area.
Is PRP right for my condition?
If you have been told you need surgery for a tendon or ligament injury PRP is right for you, PRP is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery, and will alleviate further degeneration and heal the tissue. The doctor will do a initial examination to see if PRP is right for you.