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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

What is PRP?

Platelet rich plasma therapy:  A  procedure where a vial of a patient’s blood is drawn in the office, and prepared in sterile environment.  The technique separates the platelet-rich plasma from the other components.  The physician then injects the platelets directly into the ligament, muscle or tendon causing the pain, via ultrasound guidance. Hormonal and growth factors in the platelets then stimulate local healing of the patient’s own tissue with increased collagen formation over 4-6 weeks. 

 

Who is a candidate?

Soft tissue injuries are the most responsive to PRP. This includes tendonitis, tendinosis, tendon tears, ligament sprains or tears, loose ligaments, and muscle tears. PRP has also been effective at treating meniscal tears, ACL tears and labral tears.

 

What can I expect during the procedure?

Surgical sterile procedure for blood removal. Phlebotomy is completed in the office.  Our contained system obtains the pure platelet-rich compound of your own blood.  This is then injected back into your affected area-joint, muscle tear, ligament injury or affected area. This is a sterile surgical process completed in the office in 1-2 hours. No sedation is Needed.

 

References:

Centeno, C et al. Use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Orthopedics: Review of Literature: Journal of Am Phys and Surgeons: Jun 2011.

Filardo, G et al.. Platelet-rich plasma vs Hyaluronic Acid to treat knee degenerative pathology: study design and results of RCT. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012

Khoshbin,A et al. The Efficacy of Platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Arthroscopy. 2013.