WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injection treatment that uses your body’s own natural growth factors to repair damaged joints and regenerate injured tissues.
PRP has been around since the 1970s, but technology and medical research in this field has rapidly advanced, demonstrating its effectiveness for many tendon, ligament, and bone injuries.
“I think it’s fair to say that PRP has the potential to revolutionize not just sports medicine, but all of orthopedics,” says Dr. Allan Mishra, an assistant professor of orthopedics at Stanford University Medical Center.
SAFE, CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY
The process begins by taking a small sample of your blood and placing it into a sterile plasma concentrator. The concentrator uses high-speed centrifugation to separate and concentrate your body’s very own platelet-rich plasma.
Our process can concentrate these valuable growth factors up to twenty-five times their normal concentration. The PRP is then carefully injected into the injured area, kickstarting your healing process. These noninvasive treatments have been shown to be a successful alternative to surgery, and usually have a short recovery period enabling you to get back to your life.
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Platelets found in your blood are an excellent source of numerous, high-quality growth factors and healing properties. Growth factors are believed to be responsible for tissue repair and tissue regeneration. One of those growth factors is known as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), a protein that promotes connective tissue growth, produced by platelets, macrophages, and endothelial cells.
IS PRP EFFECTIVE?
Please understand that no treatment is successful for everyone 100 percent of the time. However, current research continues to show that this treatment is extremely effective.
A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in November of 2006 showed that over 90 percent of patients with tennis elbow were completely satisfied with the results of their PRP treatment and avoided surgery.
Leading research published in the journal Pain Research and Treatment in 2013 found that knee osteoarthritis pain and stiffness were significantly reduced following two PRP injections. They also stated that PRP treatment may be a viable alternative to surgery.
Other new research suggests that jumper’s knee pain can be alleviated using a single PRP injection.
Achilles tendon injury treatment with PRP has also shown promising long term results. A group of researchers contacted patients four years after Achilles tendon injury treatment with PRP and reported that “PRP injections produced good overall results.”
Platelet-rich plasma is a very effective treatment option, and here at Anderson Longevity Clinic, we offer you the best PRP injections possible. Our clinic’s unique, state-of-the-art, German-made PRP machine offers safe, contamination-free blood product. It also provides extremely high, lab-verified PRP concentrations. Contact our office today to learn more about PRP treatment. We want to to help you get well faster and achieve your best..
CAN I EXERCISE FOLLOWING TREATMENT?
Movement is encouraged to promote the healing process. However, vigorous physical activity immediately following treatment is not recommended. A good rule rule-of-thumb is to not perform the activity if you experience physical pain while performing the activity. Once your treatment process has started, your physician can provide you with individual recommendations regarding physical activity.
IS PRP COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Some insurance companies offer insurance coverage for PRP treatment. Our office will be happy to supply insurance codes to you for your insurance submission, but our office does not submit insurance claims. We accept cash, credit, and debit cards for payment. Many people also use their HSA to pay for medical expenses. We will discuss treatment costs during your initial evaluation, and our goal is to provide you with exceptional and affordable medical care.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE USUALLY NECESSARY?
Many patients require, on average, two to three injections to experience relief from their pain symptoms. This can be highly variable and can depend on many factors. We often administer PRP in conjunction with prolotherapy treatment. You will likely have a significant reduction in pain following your first treatment.
HOW SAFE IS IT?
PRP is very safe. Although no procedure is without risk, PRP uses platelets derived from your own body, limiting the likelihood of a complication. Mild injection site tenderness following injection is common. The procedure is conducted in a comfortable, safe, and sterile fashion.