Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is generically defined as an increase (above baseline) in the concentration of platelets and their associated growth factors. While the clinical benefits of PRP in enhancing the healing of musculoskeletal tissues are still bring explored, the substantial amount of basic science data supporting the role of growth factors in enhancing cell migration, cell proliferation, and matrix synthesis has provided a compelling rationale for use of PRP in the treatment and repair of various connective tissue structures.



WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH PRP?

Knee Pain

  • Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Quadriceps muscle injuries
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Bursitis
 

Hip Pain

  • Hip girdle muscle pain or injury
  • Pyriformis syndrome
  • Greater trochanteric Bursitis
  • Ischial bursitis
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Hamstring tendonitis or tears
 

Shoulder and Arm Pain

  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy or partial tears
  • Acromio-clavicular joint pain or arthritis
  • Bicipital tendonitis
  • Medial and Lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament sprain or tear
 

Back Pain

  • Spinal nerve inflammation
  • Facet Joint arthritis
  • Disc herniation or tear
  • Interspinous ligament sprain
 

Lower Leg and Foot

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Peroneal tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
 

TREATMENT PROCESS

Blood is drawn from your arm and placed in a special processing unit, which separates platelets, white blood cells and serum from red blood cells. The platelets and white blood cells are then concentrated and collected into a sterile syringe. Some of the blood is used to create an "activator" of the PRP. The skin and soft tissue is anesthetized with local anesthetic, followed by injection of both the PRP and activator into the tissue targeted for treatment. Depending on the size of the injured tissue, one or several needles are inserted to optimize placement of the PRP. 
 
Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is rare.


IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA AN EFFECTIVE HEALING THERAPY?

Athletes such as Tiger Woods and the Pittsburgh Steelers's Hines Ward have undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy, but is there evidence that the treatment really speeds the healing of injuries?
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PLATELET RICH PLASMA ACCELERATES HEALING

Research Reveals that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Accelerates Healing
By N. Lindsay Harris, MD 
Aspen Orthopaedics Associates & Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF) Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. more>


PLATELET RICH PLASMA IS PROMISING

The first U.S. study to call out Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as a viable treatment option for managing knee osteoarthritis, appeared in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. There were 14 study participants with primary and secondary knee osteoarthritis. They received platelet rich plasma injections in the affected knee every 4 weeks and had a 1 year follow-up.

The study showed that there was significant improvement in pain and function -- and most of the patients offered a positive report after 1 year of using platelet rich plasma. Once used primarily for famous athletes, PRP is making its way into the mainstream. These results suggest the need for a larger clinical trial. more>


SOURCE
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Ortho Super Site.

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