PRP TherapyPlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Treating Injuries and Chronic Pain with PRP
You can now harness the power of your own body to relieve pain and stop inflammation with innovative platelet rich plasma (PRP), a type of regenerative injection therapy.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Work?
The technique utilizes platelet rich plasma (PRP) from your own body.
A small amount of blood is drawn and placed in an FDA approved platelet separator called Magellan to separate the platelets from the red blood cells before being injected into the injured area to dramatically enhance your body’s natural healing process.
Blood platelets play an integral role in the healing process and they’re also responsible for stopping bleeding by clumping and clotting blood vessel injuries. They have multiple functions and growth factors, including the regulation of the internal mechanisms that govern the wound healing process.
PRP is a Regenerative Approach Just for You
PRP has been widely used in sports medicine to address the wide array of injuries that professional athletes incur, but few patients know that the treatment is available to the general public.
Anyone who has sustained a tendon injury can attest that it takes extensive time to heal and those types of injuries are increasing as more people engage in an active lifestyle.
A variety of elite professional athletes have availed themselves of the PRP treatment, including golfing great, Tiger Woods; NFL receiver, Hines Ward; baseball shortstop, Alex Rodriguez; and basketball star Kobe Bryant.
It’s an effective alternative to traditional treatments that encompass:
- cortisone injections
- potentially addictive prescription medications
- invasive surgery.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that PRP therapy results in favorable outcomes for patients.
Improved healing and repair of ACL injuries and increased functionality has been reported, along with reduced pain scores and a reduction in disability.
It offers a new avenue for treating chronic injuries, reduces the risk of disease transmission and there’s no immune or allergic reaction since platelet therapy is derived from your own blood.
PRP Therapy for Pain and Injuries
The platelets in your blood contain growth factors that work as a catalyst that fosters growth, healing and bind to collagen, while stimulating blood flow where it’s needed most. When placed in a centrifuge, those growth factors are concentrated for greater efficacy.
PRP therapy can be utilized to address an extensive range of injuries and conditions that include:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Neck pain
- MCL/ACL tears
- Acute and chronic tendon problems
- Ligament and muscle injuries
Originally used for wound care and in surgical interventions, the expansion of treatment to include musculoskeletal related conditions has been used in sports medicine for years and offers a method for accelerate the healing process for injuries incurred during virtually any activity and chronic pain conditions.
PRP Therapy is Safe and Long-lasting
The treatment is safe and performed in an outpatient environment with little or no downtime. Your pain is resolved through the healing process for long-lasting results. The effectiveness of PRP is believed to derive from:
- Inhibition of inflammation
- Stimulating the formation of cartilage
- Increasing joint lubrication
- Affecting pain receptors
The natural therapy is typically utilized for knee, elbow and shoulder joint injuries, but it’s increasingly being offered as an augmentation for healing following hip replacement surgery.
It’s effective for people of any age, but it’s a particularly important innovation if you’re 40 or over, have had an injury or developed chronic pain, and want to continue to enjoy your active lifestyle without pain.
If you’ve had PRP therapy, you’ll experience three stages during your healing and recovery period:
Depending upon the injury and area to be treated, you may require 3-5 injections. There will be a period of inflammation that will occur immediately following your therapy and typically lasts for 3-5 days. You’ll experience some swelling and redness due to the inflamation.
You may begin to see a gradual increase in mobility, functionality, strength and endurance, but don’t be tempted to ignore your physician’s instructions in regard to using the injured area.
It’s critical to follow doctor’s orders and rest to eliminate the potential for causing additional damage to the original injury while the therapy begins to work.
PRP is a Natural Treatment for Chronic Pain and Injuries
Platelet rich plasma therapy provides you with a non-invasive method for treating chronic pain and injuries that doesn’t require invasive surgery and may help speed healing, while reducing inflammatory effects.
The therapy eliminates allergic reactions, disease transmission and substantially reduces the risk of infection.
Equally effective for injuries and conditions you may sustain during athletic pursuits and in occupational environments, regenerative injection therapy offers an alternative treatment method that channels the healing and regenerative powers of your own body for an effective and long-lasting solution.
“Dr Earl is a member of the Strategic Cellular Therapy Network, Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), and American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP)”