Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) has gained popularity with physicians in recent years due to its many benefits and shorter recovery time.
In addition to addressing painful joint and muscle issues, studies have shown that PRP holds great promise for managing knee osteoarthritis. In fact, in a study conducted by the Hospital for Special Surgery, the treatment improved pain and function in up to 73% of patients. The study also showed a delay in the progression of osteoarthritis in those studied.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is an all-natural way to heal damaged joints and soft tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain. When a tissue injury occurs, platelets collect in the body at the injury site to begin repair. In PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn then spun in centrifuge to concentrate platelets. Once platelets have been concentrated, they are injected into the injured area delivering a powerful mixture of growth factors where you need them most.
“This then activates growth factors in stem cells to help repair the tissue, if possible, calm osteoarthritic symptoms and decrease inflammation,” says Brian Halpern, M.D. chief of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, and lead author of the study.
Your body’s natural healing process is advanced, and tissues are restored.
As an alternative to surgery, PRP therapy is less invasive and relatively inexpensive treatment of pain caused by acute and chronic injuries. PRP therapy has been used for over 20 years to treat a wide range of health issues including:
• Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip & spine
• ACL injuries
• Pelvic Pain & Instability
• Tennis Elbow
• Ankle Sprains
• Chronic lower back pain
• Spinal stenosis
• Tennis elbow
• Rotator cuff tears
• Knee osteoarthritis
• Achilles tendinitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Neck pain
• Medical collateral ligament tears (MCL)
• Acute & chronic tendon problems
• Injuries to ligaments and muscles
Am I a Candidate?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be used to treat patients of all ages. Whether you are a professional athlete or a person suffering from chronic joint pain, PRP could help relieve pain symptoms. Call to schedule an appointment today to find out if you qualify.
Unlike conventional surgery, patients who use PRP therapy:
• Have a short recovery time – most patients return to work and usual activities following the procedure
• Avoid general anesthesia – which causes side effects and can be dangerous. Instead we use a local anesthetic.
• No hospital stay – patients are in and out of our office in one to two hours
What to Expect
First, your physician will run tests to pinpoint the exact location of the pain site. Next, a local anesthetic is applied to the injection site to numb the area. Finally, the PRP is injected into the area, sending natural healers to restore tissues. The treatment takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery.
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center, PRP therapy is performed safely in-office at our modern facility. Contact us to schedule your appointment or to learn more.
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