Platelet Rich Plasma
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Source: Autologous (from you)
- Treatment Areas: Lumbar facet and SI joints, large joints, small joints,
muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Stage of Arthritis: Mild to Moderate
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is among the fastest growing areas in the field of regenerative medicine. It utilizes the body’s own cells to boost the growth of tissue. PRP therapy uses a large number of autologous platelets in the plasma of the patient. The platelets are injected into or directly applied to the tissue. The results from the non-surgical procedure exceeds the majority of patients’ expectations.
PRP is safe, effective, has no side effects, and has even been shown to be superior to cortisone for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Studies have shown that cortisone injections can actually damage cartilage inside joints, and cortisone has other side effects such as elevating blood sugar, thinning of the skin, easy bruising, poor wound healing, and many more. More and more doctors and patients are choosing PRP over cortisone for acute and chronic musculoskeletal complaints.
About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Who is a candidate for treatment utilizing PRP?
PRP is an excellent first choice treatment for patients with mild degenerative arthritis. PRP is also utilized for partial tendon tears like rotator cuffs, patellar tendons, Achilles’ tendons, muscle tears, partially torn ligaments, small joints like thumbs and wrists, and facet joints in the spine. PRP does not contain stem cells…only growth factors, so patients with more advanced degrees of tissue damage, like rotator cuff tears or moderate to severe arthritis, may require stem cell therapy.
Is the procedure painful?
PRP is obtained through a simple blood draw. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the platelet-rich plasma is collected and concentrated into a syringe. This process takes about 20 minutes depending on how much PRP is required to complete your injections. No drugs or chemicals are added, save for a naturally-occurring anticoagulant to keep the specimen from clotting in the syringe during processing. Your own blood is used for this and not anyone else’s.
How long before I can expect results?
PRP is not like a cortisone shot. Cortisone works quickly, in a day or two, and then begins to slowly wear off. PRP is the opposite. It takes several weeks for the growth factors in PRP to begin healing the tissue damage. Usually by week 3-4 most patients are beginning to see a noticeable decrease in their pain levels.
What is a PRP Injection?
Once the platelet-rich plasma has be created, it is injected into the target area. Dr. Altizer may use ultrasound to guide the injection. The purpose is to increase the concentration of growth factors to accelerate the healing process.
Typically, the best candidates for regenerative PRP treatments are those that have failed to respond to conventional physical therapies or want to avoid joint surgery. These treatments are also perfect for athletes, who need to recover quickly.
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