What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma or commonly known as PRP, is an all-natural treatment for joint pain and acute or chronic tendonitis. It consists on concentrating the components from your blood drawn at site and delivering the healing and immunologic properties found in platelets.
How can platelets help me?
Our blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Upon an injury, platelets are gathered and concentrated to control bleeding, they also release over 1500 growth factors and proteins that promote tissue repair. By concentrating platelets, we will administer their healing properties to promote a healing process while reducing inflammation and therefore pain.
Is PRP safe?
The drawing of blood is a common and worldwide procedure. After we obtain the samples, the process must follow a clean and sterile environment to reduce or eliminate a contamination that could cause an adverse event. We have the highest standards of cell bank and lab operating techniques that assures us of a safe product.
How is PRP administered?
Depending on the site of injury, we would use ultrasound for foot, knee, elbow or shoulder to guide us to the affected area. In the case of the spine or even in occasion hip, we use X-ray C-arm to guide and locate the facet joints, discs or surrounding areas for precise application. This reduces the chance of unwanted results and of site applications.
Are all PRP’s the same?
Even though the name may be the same, there are several ways to process PRP. We keep data and information that helps us determine the optimal PRP preparations and applications. This is a growing field and by sharing data and results with our colleagues, we intend to determine the best process for each injury or anatomical site.
However, we have already found that joint preparations must vary from tendon applications. They simply have different requirements and what helps at one site, may slow the improvement in others.
Types of PRP.
The regenerative properties found in platelets are being used with good results in orthopedics, sports medicine, pain management and aesthetics.
- Joint PRP
- Tendon PRP
- Muscle PRP
- Aesthetic PRP
What conditions are treated with PRP?
- Joint arthriti
- Joint pain (foot, knee, hip, shoulder, back, neck)
- Chronic tendonitis/Tendinosis in the elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle.
- Ligament and Muscle injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sport injuries
- Neck and Back Pain
We recommend PRP therapy for mild to moderate conditions of the listed above. If you suffer from a severe condition, we may offer a combination treatment adding stem cell therapy.