Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally. The PRP procedure uses a patient’s own blood components and growth factors to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. The body’s natural reaction to an injury is to send platelets and white blood cells from the blood to the damaged tissues to initiate healing. Your body’s platelets store numerous growth factors which are released through signals from the injured tissue.
New advancements in medicine now allow us to concentrate platelets and white blood cells from your blood, and encourage this growth factor release as we inject the solution directly into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a much more potent form. By enhancing the body’s natural healing capacity, this treatment has been shown to lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH PRP?
- Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
- Quadriceps muscle injuries
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Hip muscle pain or injury
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hamstring tendonitis or tears
Shoulder and Arm Pain
- Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy and partial tears
- A-C joint pain and arthritis
- Biceps tendonitis
- Medial and Lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
Lower Leg and Foot Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis and partial tears
ARE PRP INJECTIONS SAFE?
There are currently no known side effects of PRP therapy. Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission.
Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, one to three PRP injections are suggested. Following the initial treatment with PRP, a follow up visit occurs 2-3 weeks later. At this visit an evaluation of your response to the initial therapy is per formed and a decision is made regarding the need for additional PRP treatments.
Some chronic injuries require more than one injection. Your treatment plan may include an exercise or physical therapy program to enhance the success of the PRP treatment.
Treatment begins with a full medical examination and diagnostic workup. If you are a candidate for PRP therapy your physician will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Next a full explanation of the procedure including associated risks and benefits will be reviewed and discussed. The procedure will begin by drawing blood from your arm to be placed in a specialized centrifuge system which separates platelets, white blood cells and serum from red blood cells.
The platelets and growth factors are then concentrated into plasma and collected into a sterile syringe. The skin and soft tissue is anesthetized with local anesthetic, followed by injection of the PRP directly into the tissue targeted for treatment.
New Treatment Provides Lasting Joint and Tendon Pain Relief
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. Used by many professional athletes including Hines Ward and Tiger Woods, PRP therapy is accepted in pain, orthopedic, and sports medicine practices in the U.S. and many countries.
What is PRP therapy used for?
This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains. Las Vegas Pain Institute staff includes expert physicians in the region currently trained in PRP therapy. They can determine if this advanced, non-surgical treatment is right for you.
How does PRP therapy work?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
What are the potential benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. PRP therapy is performed safely at the medical office or Surgery Center and relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
How often is this therapy done?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require 1-3 sets of injections, usually performed three to five weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
What are the expected results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation with your doctor to see if PRP therapy is right for you.