Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment based upon injecting blood plasma that is rich in growth and healing factors at the site of damaged joints to promote healing.
It is a minimally invasive treatment which can provide pain relief and reduce healing time when injury or inflammation occurs. For many patients this treatment even provides improvement in function and mobility.
PRP is produced from a patient’s own blood through the 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 cellular growth, multiplication and specialization that are required for rapid healing. As a form of regenerative medicine, PRP is becoming a more popular option for giving a biological boost to the healing process.
What Conditions Can PRP Help With?
- Torn Rotator Cuff, Rotator cuff injuries are extremely common and only increase with age. A tear can occur as a result of a single traumatic injury or due to a repetitive motion.
- Achilles Tendon Rupture, Your Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous tendon that connects your calf muscles to your ankle, it can tear completely or partially due to repeated use or traumatic injury and usually will tear about 2.5 inches above the heel, a section that can be prone to tears due to poor blood flow with PRP can help to address.
- Tendonitis, or Tendinosis (Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow ,etc.) a painful condition which occurs when tendons in the elbow are overloaded through repetitive motion of the wrist and/or arms.
What Can You Expect If You Receive Intradiscal PRP?
The coolest thing about PRP is the ‘special ingredient’ is your own blood! Your blood will be drawn and processed using a centrifuge to concentrate the platelet rich plasma from the hemoglobin. It is then fluoroscopically injected into the target joint. The whole process takes about two hours and you may feel some pain at the injection site for about a week. This process may be repeated two or three more times to achieve your desired benefits in about 4-6 months.
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