Platelets are small, naturally occurring cells in the blood that help form clots to stop bleeding and heal injuries. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a patient's own concentrated platelets. Platelets contain large reservoirs of natural growth factors that are essential for the cell recruitment and multiplication involved in wound healing. When PRP is injected, it aids the body's natural healing process and the goal is not only to relieve symptoms but create actual healing as well. Click here for a list of conditions PRP treats.
During the procedure, a sample of blood is taken from a vein in the arm and then spun in a centrifuge in our office. Spinning the blood in a centrifuge helps concentrate the platelets and seperate them from the red blood cells and plasma. Once this is complete, the platelets can be injected into or around the injured area, guidance with fluoroscopy (X-Ray) or ultrasound is typically used to ensure proper placement of the PRP into the area of inquiry. Precise placement of the PRP helps increase the likelihood of a good clinical outcome. At this stage, the PRP contains three to five times the concentration of growth factors compared to normal human blood.
Platelet Rich Plasma has become a popular option for athletes or other injured patients who want to try to harness the body's own healing process to help treat chronic conditions that are not responding to other treatments, without resorting to surgery. As PRP is obtained from you own blood, the risk of your body having a negative reaction to the injection is very low!
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Did You Know?
We’re able to alleviate pain and paresthesia (a.k.a. numbness, tingling, 'ants crawling' over an extremity) that can be associated with disc herniations, disc bulging and arthritis, through PRP treatment. This allows our patients to avoid neurosurgery, when possible.