PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a biological agent used to promote healing. It is a super concentrated solution or plasma containing growth factors and Platelets. PRP therapy is performed by harvesting these platelet components from a patient’s own blood and then injecting the PRP into the patient’s injured tissues. This concentrated solution once placed in sites of trauma result in a robust release of healing growth factors as well as attraction of autologous stem cells to regenerate the site of injury.
With this technology we can help many people who have failed conservative as well as surgical therapies. The volume of PRP per treatment and the number of treatments needed will vary depending on factors such as area of the body to be treated and the extent of injury and degeneration. A patient’s overall health, nutritional status and hormonal status will also effect outcomes.
The average number of treatments is 2-4 treatments with the end point being patient satisfaction and optimal pain reduction.
This treatment is a simple in-office procedure with little to no down time the following day.
Studies supporting the efficacy of PRP is only somewhat limited in that the treatment is dependent on the quality of one’s own platelets. Every patient’s level of health and chemistry is different, hence their platelets are somewhat different as well. Results may vary. This is why it is highly recommended to be at least 10 days into some kind of detox cleanse before doing any PRP injection in our office. We have a 21 day detox cleanse available in our office for those who need one.
Conditions that generally respond favorably to PRP:
- Knee Pain
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Torn meniscus
- Acute joint injuries
- Chronic joint pain
- Whiplash pain
- Chronic Headaches
- Low Back Pain
- Herniated Discs (mild or moderate)
- Rotator Cuff Injuries/Tears (not complete tears)
- Unstable joints
- Ligamentous Laxity
- Many more……
Conditions that do not respond favorably to PRP:
- Chronic myofascial pain syndromes
- Severely herniated discs
- Central Spinal Stenosis
- Complete Rotator Cuff Tears
- Obvious Surgical Conditions
- Pain from Cancer
- Pain from Autoimmune Conditions
Further Reading:Platelet Rich Plasma Technique
Platelet Rich Plasma: A Review of Actions and Applications in Sports Medicine