What is PRP?

08/07/14

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What is PRP?

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy uses concentrated platelets from the patient's own blood to accelerate the body's natural healing processes. A small amount of the patient's blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet rich and platelet poor plasma. The platelet rich plasma, which has concentrated growth and healing factors, is then injected back into the patient to supercharge the healing of their damaged ligaments and tendons. These concentrated platelets injected directly into the injured area stimulates the patient's own stem cell production to enhance connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, and trigger the natural healing cascade. Since the solution that is injected into the patient is mainly autologous (from the self), the chances of allergic or adverse effects are greatly reduced.

PRP has been successfully used in surgical and dental procedures as early as the 1980's and in musculoskeletal medicine since the 1990's. PRP injections are beneficial in all areas of the body including neck, upper back, low back, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. More specifically, PRP is useful in treating tendonopathy, tendonosis, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, sciatica, tennis elbow, ACL tears, meniscus tears, rotator cuff tears, sports injuries, whiplash, as well as injuries to ligaments and tendons all over the body.

Because PRP works by causing a mild inflammation in the damaged area that stimulates the wound healing process, the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may not be used for one week prior to the procedure and throughout the course of treatments.

 

Conditions Commonly Treated with PRP

Shoulder:

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or Tear, Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome or Bursitis, Bicipital Tendinitis, labrum tears, arthritis, instability

 

Wrist/Hand: 

DeQuervaine’s Tenosynovitis, arthritis, other wrist or finger tendinitis, ligament tears or dysfunction of the fingers

 

Hip:

IIliotibial Band Tendinitis (ITB Syndrome), Psoas Tendinitis and bursitis, Greater Trochanteric Bursitis, Hip labrum tears, Piriformis Syndrome, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, arthritis

 

Knee:

Patellar Tendinitis, Patellar Femoral Syndrome, chondromalacia patella, partially torn or strained major ligaments of knee (ACL/LCL/MCL), meniscus tears, arthritis, patellar instability

 

Ankle/Foot:

Achilles Tendinitis, Peroneal Tendinitis, arthritis, recurrent ankle sprains, other foot or ankle tendinitis

Conditions Considered for Treatment with PRP or Prolotherapy

 

Neck:

Whiplash injuries, headaches related to the neck, arthritis

 

Back:

Facet joint arthritis, rib problems, pain associated with scoliosis

 

 


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