Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes platelets taken from the your own blood to rebuild damaged tendons or cartilage. Platelets normally circulate within the blood stream and are responsible for blood clotting and initiating a healing response in an acute injury.
Many acute injuries do not heal adequately and can lead to chronic pain and loss of function of the injured area. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy allows us to harvest the patient’s own platelets and re-inject those platelets into the site of the injury to initiate healing and improvement of function. This is typically done under image guidance such as ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy. As a result, the damaged tissue begins to heal. PRP has been successful in not only relieving pain, but also in jump-starting the healing process.
To harvest PRP, a small sample of blood is drawn into a specialized collection system and then centrifuged at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Because the blood drawn is used for a therapy treatment on the same patient, there is no risk of a transmissible infection or allergic reaction. These therapies are a safe, nonsurgical treatment option for most chronic pain conditions, wound care, and aesthetic abnormalities.
YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR PRP INJECTIONS IF
YOU SUFFER FROM:
• Back and Neck Pain
• Golfer’s Elbow
• Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Hip & Shoulder
• Tennis Elbow
• Joint Injuries
• Ligament, Cartilage, & Tendon Injuries