Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new revolutionary injection technique for treatment of sport injuries to joints, tendons and ligaments, arthritic joints, lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet joints arthropathy, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is prepared from the patient’s own blood using advanced technology. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that initiate and accelerate repair and the regeneration of ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections restore the anatomy and function of the joints. It is a new trend in pain management and orthopedics. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections produce restoration and growth of normal collagen in damaged ligaments and tendons by attracting stem cells to the damaged area.
I use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) either separately or as a part of treatment protocol in combination with PSTIM, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Immunotherapy, reduction of toxic load (chelation therapy, removing food the person is sensitive to), vitamin therapy, homeopathy etc.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are also used for cosmetic purposesto enhance collagen production in the age-affected (collagen-poor) areas of the face, neck, arms and hands.
A small amount of blood (20cc-55cc) is drawn up from the patient’s vein into a syringe. The blood is spun down in a special centrifuge to separate Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) from the rest of the blood components. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the area to be treated – joint, tendon, ligament. Platelets are very small cells in the blood that are involved in the clotting process. When Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. Platelets release a number of enzymes and growth factors that attract stem cells to repair the damaged area. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the ligament or tendon. When treating injured or degenerated tissue platelets can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state. The full procedure takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hr. Generally 2-3 treatments are advised, however, sometimes one may be enough.