PRP is produced from a sample of a person’s blood. It is spun in a centrifuge. The components of blood are separated to whole blood, plasma and platelets. The concentrated platelets are the cells that assist in the natural healing process. Platelets and plasma are then injected back into the patient at the site of injury.
As with all autologous regenerative medicine, PRP is generally safe, since it is a therapy derived from the patient’s own blood. Some evidence suggests that these concentrates contain not only cells that signal or “call” other cells to gather at the site of injury to assist with healing, but also that these concentrates contain many proteins and molecules that alleviate the inflammation process and pain symptoms.
Ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to guide the injection.
Regenerative orthopedics may improve pain and discomfort of the musculoskeletal system and enhance the healing of orthopedic conditions, such as injuries of a tendon, ligament, bone, muscle, spinal disc, meniscus of the knee, cartilage or other musculoskeletal tissue. Most of these parts of the body have a relatively poor ability to heal on their own. The idea behind regenerative medicine is to help these tissues heal better.
PRP can be used to treat degenerative conditions such as certain forms of arthritis, as well as sports injuries and traumas. Regenerative medicine may help some patients avoid orthopedic surgery completely. Conditions commonly treated with regenerative medicine include:
We offer NON-SURGICAL PRP options for patients experiencing muscle skeletal pain. We offer ultrasound guided PRP injections to help alleviate pain, improve mobility and decrease inflammation.
It is a minimally invasive needle procedure, which you will be able to return to normal activity the same day.
At your initial visit we will review your medical history, physical exam, prior treatments and imaging. After discussing your diagnoses, we will determine if PRP is an appropriate option for you. During this appointment your blood is drawn processed and ready for injection. Numbing medicine is applied and your PRP is injected into the effected site. The injected results are expected to take effect in about 4-6 weeks.
Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like narcotics. In addition the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.
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