Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is an effective regenerative injection technique that utilizes the patients own concentrated blood platelets. These platelets are injected into injured tissues such as tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone. When blood is spun in a centrifuge it separates whole blood from plasma and super concentrates platelets. These platelets are an abundant source of healthy growth factors, which help regenerate severely injured and degenerative tissues. 

 

Before a treatment, 20-40ml of a patient's own blood is drawn and then concentrated to a 5-10x yield. This yield is an important factor because it determines how many growth factors have been concentrated in the PRP. some of the factors such as TGF-B1 and VEGF encourage vascular growth, cartilage proliferation, tissue repair, and help promote regeneration.

PRP is indicated when patients have severe injury to cartilage, ligament, and tendon. I have also found it to be more effective than prolotherapy alone in older populations due to a slower healing response in some individuals. Most patients start having significant improvement after 2-3 treatments. 

PRP has been used in many applications for some time. It is often used in dentistry, ophthalmology, and skin grafts. PRP is also becoming a popular and common non-surgical treatment for professional sports athletes. 

Conditions Treated

Meniscus tears / collateral ligament injury / arthritis

Medial and lateral epicondylitis

Labral tears of the shoulder and hip

Temporal Mandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ)

Osteoarthritis and joint degeneration 

Rotator cuff injury

Ankle sprains and instability 

Achilles injury

Thumb and hand injury 

Scar Tissue, hair loss, aesthetics 

Low back pain, sciatica, facet degeneration, disc injury