PRP JOINT THERAPY
WHAT IS PRP JOINT THERAPY?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, commonly known as PRP therapy takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone. The procedure takes a small amount of a patient’s blood, isolates the platelets and injects the growth factors they release directly into the injured area stimulating the release of stem cells from vessel walls, where they promote the body’s natural healing response of further augmenting repair.
Benefits of PRP
The healing effects of PRP have been proven to outlast those of many conventional therapies, such as cortisone or hyaluronic acid injections. An additional benefit of this all-natural treatment is that it doesn’t just relieve pain; it actually helps to heal the underlying issue, with noticeable benefits within six months. Platelet rich plasma has no known negative side effects, and its healing benefits can be amplified with additional treatments, although they’re not necessarily required.
Clinical studies have shown that PRP generates significant improvements in statistical and clinical outcomes, including pain, physical function and stiffness, in particular around the knee. Some studies indicate that improvements can occur within six weeks of the first injection.
Is PRP right for me?
- A PRP treatment could be right for you if you’re experiencing:
- Mild to moderate osteoarthritis (in most joints, but especially the knees, hips or shoulders)
- Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
- Rotator cuff tendonitis or partial tears
- One of many other common tendon, muscle and ligament issues
Studies have indicated that higher concentrations of PRP stimulate more efficient healing – and only a qualified specialist, using state-of-the-art medical equipment, can ensure this.
For additional information regarding PRP therapy call our office to schedule a consultation.