Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments are becoming a more popular option for giving a biological boost to the healing process.

PRP treatments have received significant attention from the media and have been used by numerous professional athletes.

What is PRP?

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PRP is produced from a person's own blood.

It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.

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After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge

which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.
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PRP is given to patients through an injection.

After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program.

What Conditions

Can PRP Treat?

PRP therapy involves the injection of concentrated platelets, autologous growth factors, and secretory proteins into the region of interest. In interventional pain management, PRP is commonly used for acute and chronic conditions such as tendinopathy, tendonosis, muscle strain, muscle fibrosis, ligamentous injury, arthritis, arthrofibrosis, articular cartilage defects, meniscal injury, and chronic synovitis or joint inflammation in areas such as the knees, hips, and shoulder joints. Numerous medical studies have shown the ability of PRP injections to heal injured tissues.

Positive outcomes of PRP injections result from the properties of the therapy including:

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Activation of macrophages

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Wound healing

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Collagen production

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Cellular differentiation

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Vasodilation

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Improved vascularization

Concerns Involving

PRP Treatment

The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the PRP is produced using an individual’s own blood. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.
It is important to note that all anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped at the time of PRP treatment in order to allow for the natural inflammation process to occur in the body.

Key Points to Remember:

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from a patient's own blood.

PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing.

Basic science studies show that PRP treatment may improve healing in many tissues.

Anti-inflammatory medicines should be stopped before and after PRP treatment is given.

*Results are not guaranteed and the results depicted on this site may or may not be typical. Results will vary based on each patient’s physical health, family history, diet and exercise, physical condition and adherence to the Program. See our refund policy.

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