Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a treatment that promotes healing and relieves pain in many musculoskeletal conditions. PRP therapy provides natural healing by using the body’s own blood components to jump-start the repair of damaged tissues.
PRP treatment stimulates the growth and repair of damaged tendons and ligaments. It uses growth factors already present in our blood. However, with higher concentrations of these factors, the injuries heal much faster, and most studies show these treated damaged tissues are stronger than before.
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What are PRP treatments like?
The entire process takes 20-30 minutes. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and spun in a centrifuge for separation. The PRP is then removed and used to inject the damage tissue.
As a PRP injection is administered into the damaged tissue, it causes an inflammatory process. This inflammation signals the body to start the healing cascade. Collagen begins to develop and as collagen matures it shrinks causing tightening and strengthening of the area. A local anesthetic is used prior to the platelet rich plasma injection but most patients state the discomfort is minimal.
What can be treated with PRP joint therapy?
There are multiple uses for PRP injection therapy. At Atlantic Spine and Joint Institute, PRP is primarily used to heal tendon and ligament damage and injury. Although the body can heal itself, tendons and ligaments have a poor blood supply. Once injured, these tissues do not heal easily and with day-to-day activities, other tissues become over-burdened, causing more pain and weakness.
Other uses include PRP injections for knee arthritis, PRP injections for knee pain and PRP knee therapy. We specialize in PRP injections for knee pain and plasma treatment for knee pain.
Is PRP the same as cortisone?
Cortisone shots may provide temporary relief of pain and inflammation associated with tendon and ligament injuries. However, repeated cortisone is usually needed and can actually damage tissue and usually does not give permanent relief. Platelet rich plasma treatment actually heals and stimulates growth of tissues by strengthening and thickening of the tendons and ligaments by up to 40% in some studies.
What is the success rate of PRP injections?
Nothing in medicine is 100%, but typical success is 80%, and when the procedure is repeated, the rate increases.
How do I know platelet rich plasma therapy is right for my condition?
If a patient has a tendon or ligament injury that has not responded to traditional therapy, then platelet rich plasma injections are an alternative that should be considered.
How soon can I go back to my physical activities?
Even professional athletes take time to heal and PRP Therapy is not a quick fix. Tendons and ligaments need time to repair and regenerate with PRP. Therefore, the doctors at Atlantic Spine & Joint Institute along with our therapy team will determine when you should resume your normal physical activities.
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