Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is the component of blood after the red blood cells are removed. The FDA has approved the use of PRP in orthopedic surgery. There is growing evidence that the biological factors in PRP are effective in treating tendinosis (chronic tendinitis), chronic muscle strains and injuries, osteoarthritis, and other musculoskeletal injuries.
With PRP, the body's own healing properties are used to treat these areas of injury. The PRP is taken from each patient's own blood. Nothing is added and only the red blood cells are removed. Because of this, there is little, if any risk in the use of PRP.
Candidates for PRP injection
Patients who have long-standing problems with:
Partial ligament tears
Chronic muscle strains
Patients who are on blood thinning medications, are unable to comply with the post procedure instructions, are unable to remain off of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications or who will not allow removal or injection blood products into their bodies are NOT candidates for PRP injections.
PRP Injection Procedure
What is PRP?
PRP or platelet rich plasma is a component of blood that contains molecules that are involved in healing damaged tissue.
History of PRP
Since the initial use of PRP in 1987 following an open-heart surgery PRP has been safely used and documented in many fields including; orthopedics, sports medicine, denistry, ENT, neurosurgery, ophthamology, urology, cardiothoracic, and maxillofacial surgery. This treatment option focuses on promoting the healing potential of the body to heal injuries through concentrating growth factors from the patient’s own blood.
How does the PRP procedure work?
Our blood is made up of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. After injury occurs, platelets in our body are activated and release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors help to accelerate tissue and wound healing.
Platelet-rich plasma is a particularly attractive source of these growth factors since it can be easily obtained from a patient's own blood at the bedside and contains a six‐fold concentration of TGF-β (increases musculoskeletal connective tissue), PDGF (attracts stem cells for repairing the body), epidermal growth factor (stimulates connective tissue growth), vascular endothelial growth factors and fibroblast growth factor-2 (stimulate oxygen and nutrient flow).
How is PRP prepared?
During the PRP procedure, experienced physicians and trained staff draw a small amount of the patient's blood, and place it in an FDA approved device which is then spun at over in a centrifuge. The centrifuge is used to separate different parts of the blood and the PRP is separated from the other components. After the blood has been separated in the centrifuge, the physician will then inject the concentrated PRP into the site of the patient's injury.
Does it work?
Yes, PRP has become an integral part of regenerative medicine , and delivers excellent results across the
What are the potential benefits to using PRP?
- The PRP procedure could potentially speed recovery time, treat and improve medical conduit is being used for
- Low risk of infection: The PRP procedure is done with the patient's own blood therefore helping to decrease infection.
What procedures/conditions is PRP be used for?
- Musculoskeletal conditions: such as injured or torn tendons, muscles, and ligaments, strains and sprains
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- Wound Healing
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How long does the procedure take?
The PRP injection takes less than 1 hour including the preparation and recovery time.
How often can the PRP procedure be done?
With the response varying from patient to patient and for different indications, the number of injections recommended may vary from a single to several treatments
How soon should I be able to return to regular activities?
PRP therapy focuses on providing long term healing to the injured site. As the goal of PRP is to stimulate growth of new tissue, and to rejuvenate and heal damaged tissue , healing time will vary from case to case and based on type of procedure that is being done, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.