What is it?
PRP involves centrifuging your own blood until it contains a concentrated mix of plasma cells and growth factors, and then injecting the resulting substance directly into the injured tissue. The distilled growth factors (chemicals that signal the body to start healing) stimulate and optimize the body’s ability to repair muscle, bone, and other tissue. PRP helps regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, thereby shortening rehabilitation time and obviating surgery. Because PRP is made from your own cells, it eliminates the possibility of side effects.
The procedure typically takes a couple of hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery and general anesthesia, or avoiding hospital stays and a prolonged recovery. Go back to multitasking and managing your many responsibilities — with renewed poise, polish, and comfort — right after the procedure.
Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. A study presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that PRP successfully healed 93 percent of patients with chronic Achilles tendinosis — patients who had already been unsuccessfully treated with traditional, nonsurgical techniques. In a 2013 study from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, researchers found that PRP therapy improved pain and function in up to 73 percent of patients with knee osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease.