Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy 101

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, PRP, is a revolutionary treatment that has been shown to be safe and effective in treating a variety of conditions from chronic injuries to acute trauma, which may eliminate the need for surgery. This therapy has been around since the mid 1990’s in dental and oral surgery and also to aid in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery.

PRP gained recognition in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburg Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Superbowl XLIII. Tiger Woods, Takashi Saito, and Bartolo Colon are a few other high profile athletes who received PRP successfully. PRP therapy takes about one hour to complete, including preparation and recovery time. It begins with a collection of a small amount of your blood, less than what is taken for blood work. Your blood is then placed into a centrifuge system to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. The doctor will then inject the concentrated platelets into the site of your injury, using ultrasound for accuracy. Following PRP injections some rest is needed followed by a course of physical therapy to assist in regaining strength, mobility and function. Most patients also benefit from acupuncture as part of the PRP Therapy.

Here are a few facts about PRP:

  • Your body’s first response to a soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells.
  • Platelets are packed with growth and healing factors that initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cell.
  • Because your own blood is used, there is little risk for infection and a very low risk of an allergic reaction.

Several clinical studies have shown that PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain in various conditions, including; elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonitis, rotator cuff and partial tears, golfer’s and tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis. Performance Rehab and Integrated Medicine is proud to offer this therapy to our patients. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.

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