Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-operative solution in treating musculoskeletal, sports, and orthopedics injuries. PRP is concentrated from your own blood to trigger healing/repair process in the area of injury.
In PRP, the platelet is used as the initiator of repair. Platelets can release a multitude of signaling proteins, growth factors, chemotactic factors which stimulate tissue repair and vascular remodeling. This cascade of events allows the tissue to return to normal structure improving function and pain.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions. Platelet activation plays a key role in the body's natural healing process. (information from HSS.edu)
What are the benefits of PRP Treatment?
PRP therapy shows great promise in restoration of normal soft tissue architecture and regeneration of tissue such as tendons and ligaments. Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms and eliminate the need for other treatments such as cortisone injections, medications or surgery.
Little to no Risk Factors
PRP is from your own blood, so there little to no risk factors with this treatment. Side effects or complications with PRP are very rare.
PRP may be effectively used in the treatment of:
- Sports Injuries
- Arthritic Joints
- Lower Back Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer's Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- ACL Injuries
- Shin Splints
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome
- Achilles Tendinopathy
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