Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Using Your Own Body’s Healing and Repair Mechanisms
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a non-surgical regenerative medicine technique that uses your own body’s healing and repair mechanisms as an alternative to surgery or drugs.
Platelet-rich plasma treatments (PRP treatments) are most commonly used for chronic neck and back pain, sciatica, shoulder, knee, and elbow pain.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a substance that is derived from one’s own blood. Blood is drawn from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from other parts of the blood. Platelets contain a concentration of healing and growth factors that stimulate cellular repair in the body.
The resulting platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the injured or damaged body tissue to help stimulate and promote regeneration and healing.
PRP to Treat Chronic Pain and a Variety of Conditions
PRP is most commonly used for neck and back pain, sciatica, shoulder, knee, elbow, knee pain. It is a more robust and stronger treatment than prolotherapy by itself.
Typical conditions treated include injuries due to overuse, tendonitis and tendinosis, muscle, tendon, and ligament tears, and osteoarthritis. Common specific conditions include tennis or golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tears or tendonitis, hip tendonitis, Achilles’ tendinosis, quadriceps and patellar tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be used for a number of types of conditions, but is particularly useful for torn ligaments and tendons, muscles, joint pain, meniscal tears, and labral tears of the hip or shoulder. PRP can also be used to help repair and regenerate nerve tissue.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
The number of PRP treatments can vary based on movement and function of the joint and the overall health and nutrition of the patient. On average, 3 – 6 sessions are needed for treatment. Patients who are in poor health or have certain advanced conditions may be more difficult to treat.
Some patients may need more or fewer treatments depending on how well they heal. Proper nutrition and movement are paramount in terms of being able to get the best outcome and are an important part of the healing process.
How Is PRP Different from Steroid Injections?
Steroids produce short-term pain relief and inhibit inflammation. Unfortunately, this inhibits the body’s own ability to heal itself. Over time, steroids actually cause more degeneration of the tissue and joint into which it has been injected.
Platelet-rich plasma treatments do not cause any of these problems. In fact, it does just the opposite by aiding the body’s own ability to heal itself.