Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
With recent advancements in both the field of medicine and technology, there are unique ways to capture the body’s own ability to heal itself and magnify that effect 1000x fold. That is the concept behind platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments. PRP is harvested from a patient’s blood. Blood is drawn from the patient and is concentrated using sophisticated centrifuges. The goal is to obtain a high yield of one specific component found in blood plasma (the liquid part of blood) called platelets. The main function of platelets is to help form blood clots; however, these microscopic cell fragments play critical role in the inflammatory and thus the healing process. That is due to the various enzymes, chemicals, and factors that are contained within the platelets.
What Conditions Do PRP Injections Treat?
The use of PRP injections has increased over the years to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. These include the following:
- Chronic tendon injuries (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendonosis, etc)
- Acute ligament injuries (ACL tears, rotator cuff tears)
- Acute muscle injuries (hamstring tears, bicep tears, etc)
- Osteoarthritis in joints (knee, shoulders, hip)
- Labral tears (shoulder, hip)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
Who Is A Candidate For Treatment?
After exhausting conservative treatment options including a comprehensive physical therapy regimen, individuals may be considered candidates for PRP injections. Often, one injection is not enough to provide the desired outcome, which is complete repair of the injured soft tissue.
What Are The Advantages Of PRP?
One clear benefit of PRP treatment is that it is derived from each individual patient, which reduces the risk of any allergic or adverse immunologic response. Additionally, unlike corticosteroids, there is no change in metabolic functions (blood sugar levels, bone integrity, etc).
Are You A Good Candidate For PRP?
After trying more conservative options, discuss with your physician at Spine Institute of North America if PRP is right for you. Some considerations that may not make PRP ideal for you include a history of certain cancers and infections. Otherwise, most individuals are candidates if you have exhausted other treatment options.
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