Platelet Rich Plasma

What is platelet rich plasma?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) works by injecting a concentration of your own platelets, into the damaged area using ultrasound-guided injection technology. This in turn stimulates restoration.

An increasing number of professional athletes and recreational enthusiasts are turning to joint rejuvenation therapies as safe and effective methods to heal their bodies and return to their sport. Fortunately, these therapies are available to everyone from high school athletes to weekend warriors or those simply looking for an alternative to surgery.

The regenerative injection therapies include the widely known and clinically applied: platelet rich plasma (PRP). Regenerative injections are outpatient procedures that involve an injection of concentrated growth factors to regenerate and heal tissues in injured, painful, or degenerative joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Injection therapies can be used to treat acute or chronic pain conditions or injuries.

Our bodies have the capacity to heal from many injuries on their own; however, some joints have little blood flow and therefore a slowed healing capacity, making recovery difficult without intervention. Regenerative therapies work by stimulating the body's natural ability to repair while reducing recovery time. Since the goal of regenerative therapy is to heal tissue and not mask pain, the therapy can have long-lasting results.

For this procedure we conduct a blood draw similar to a routine blood test and place it in a unique centrifuge. This machine creates a solution of platelets, rich in growth factors and inflammatory mediators essential for healing tissue.

Due to the amplified concentration of the platelets and growth factors, tissue repair and regeneration is accelerated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is PRP safe?

Very safe! PRP involves the use of your own blood cells therefore there is no known risk of allergic or rejection reaction.

How many treatments do I need?

This depends on the condition being addressed. Usually patients require 2-3 treatments about 6 weeks apart.

What conditions can be treated with PRP injections?

PRP injections can treat a variety of areas and conditions. PRP is excellent at helping speed up the healing process of injured ligaments, tendons, muscles and joints.

  • Tendonitis/chronic tendon injuries
  • Ligament and muscle injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint injuries or degeneration
  • Back and spine conditions
  • Non-healing tissue injury
  • What are the side effects of PRP injections?

    PRP injections use a patient's own platelets and therefore do not usually cause any adverse reactions. A patient may experience temporary pain and discomfort near the injection site.

    PRP Therapy VS Stem Cell Treatment

    PRP therapy is used for injuries such as tendonitis, torn ligaments, and other soft tissue injuries. Stem cell treatment is used for more complex cases such as advanced arthritis or more complex tears.

    In most conditions, PRP therapy or stem cell treatment is used as a solo procedure. However, in advanced conditions, PRP therapy can be used in combination with stem cell treatment.