Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Overview

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative approach to promote and stimulate healing from a tissue and bone injury using body's own cells (autologous). Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses blood plasma that has a high concentration of platelet cells. Platelets are "first responders" of the body to the site of injury and contain growth factors and other cell types called cytokines that start the healing process.

Several clinical trials have shown this therapy to be effective and safe to treat various forms of muscle, tissue and joint disorders. It is also used to target pain generating from arthritis of the shoulder, knee, elbow and spine. It is also now commonly utilized to target soft tissue and fascia related pain in neck, feet and lower back.

It is an FDA approved non-surgical treatment that is safely performed in an office setting without the need for sedation or anesthesia. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has gained international attention from the medical communities and media by demonstrating its benefits in treatment of injuries sustained by several high profile professional athletes throughout the world.

Benefits Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Benefits of treating chronic pain with Platelet-rich plasma therapy therapy may include:

  • Pain relief from healing of underlying injury
  • Use of body's own cells (autologous)
  • Avoidance of a major surgery
  • Improved quality of life and increased ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Reduced need for oral medications for pain and avoidance of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, sedation, and constipation
  • Natural, Safe, Effective, FDA approved treatment

Common Questions about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

How long does Platelet-rich plasma therapy take?

The whole procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. Patient's own blood is drawn into a tube and spun down in a special centrifuge machine. The plasma rich in platelets is collected and injected into the injured tissues under ultrasound guidance using universal sterile precautions. Patients are discharged from the office the same day and may resume their normal activities and return to work.

Do I have to take special precautions for this procedure?

No. We recommend patient's to continue their usual medications and speak to their provider for specific questions. The contraindications to this procedure are infection of the injury site, cellulitis of the skin, routine use of blood thinners, and prior history of allergic response to blood transfusions.

How many treatments do I need?

In general, most patients require 2-3 treatments to have the maximum benefit from this therapy. These treatments are performed 3-4 weeks apart. It is also possible that patients may feel better after the first treatment and the subsequent treatments are performed only if absolutely needed.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

A cutting edge treatment used to relieve pain in the back, neck, shoulder, hip, spine, and more.

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