Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, is a cutting-edge, non-surgical, steroid-free treatment. It relieves pain by helping your body repair its own damaged and injured tissues by speeding up your own natural healing process. PRP Therapy is minimally invasive, and utilizes the natural growth factors contained in your body’s own blood platelets. It gets your body to initiate the regenerative repair process, and since it uses your body’s own platelets, there is very little risk of allergic reaction.
How does PRP treatment work?
Your blood is drawn and processed in a special syringe and centrifuge to obtain the PRP. The PRP is then injected into the location that needs treatment. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, and unlike steroid injections, PRP will not cause weight gain, mood changes, sleep disturbances, or high blood pressure.
What is PRP Therapy Used For?
- PRP Therapy is useful in treating a variety of ligament and tendon conditions, including:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- ACL Injuries
- Ankle Sprains
- Cervical Facet Pain
- Hamstring & Hip Strains
- Knee Sprains
- Neck Pain
- Lumbar Spine Disk Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- SI (Sacroiliac) Joint Dysfunction
- Spinal Stenosis
- Tennis Elbow
- Osteoarthritis conditions such as:
- Knee Arthritis
- Hip Joint Arthritis
- Shoulder Arthritis
- Ankle Arthritis
How Effective is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy has been found to be highly effective in treating chronic ligament and tendon issues that have failed other treatments.
- A study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, found that PRP significantly improved pain and function in 72% of patients.(1)
- Research done at the University of Pittsburgh found that PRP exerts anti-inflammatory effects on injured tendons.(2)
1. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: May 2013 – Volume 23 – Issue 3 – p 238–239, doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31827c3846
2. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Exerts Anti-inflammatory Effects on Injured Tendons Zhang, J; Wang, J H-C, University of Pittsburgh