This treatment is offered in our clinics of:
Regenerative therapy by injection of growth factors
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is composed of blood plasma with an increased concentration of platelets. We find an immense reservoir of bioactive proteins, mainly growth factors, which are essential to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate the healing of connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments and thus promote the creation of new blood vessels and stimulate the healing process.
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient. This blood is then centrifuged and the PRP is extracted. This process must increase platelet concentration and growth factors by at least 5 times to be considered real PRP.
When the PRP is injected into the damaged tissue, it stimulates the ligament and tendon by causing an inflammatory reaction that triggers the repair cascade. This results in the development of new collagen and as mature collagen shrinks and causes joint tendon and cartilage strengthening. This promotes the production of cartilage.
Although the response to treatment differs for each patient, most will receive between one and three treatments. Some rebel cases may require up to six treatments. Each treatment is spaced six to eight weeks apart. There is no maximum number of treatments that can be received, unlike cortisone.
Following an assessment by your doctor, the PRP is indicated for the following sites
First, you meet with your doctor to evaluate your case and determine if the PRP may be right for you. Bring to this meeting your imaging reports (I.R.M., ultrasound, x-ray etc.) as well as your list of medications. If the PRP is indicated, a date will be set for the procedure. You must stop using the anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs with or without prescription (Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen,)) one week before the procedure and for the duration treatments.
On the day of the procedure, your blood will be collected and centrifuged for 25 minutes then the PRP will be injected into the injured tissues.
Discomfort and stiffness may be felt following the injection. In the majority of cases, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is sufficient to relieve the patient. The application of ice or heat should be limited to ten minutes. Two weeks later, a light exercise program is usually started to rehabilitate your tissues. You will see your doctor again in six to eight weeks for reassessment.
Following a PRP treatment, you can see a significant improvement in symptoms and a return to normal function and thus decrease medication use.