Sports injuries or orthopedic conditions like tennis elbow, joint arthritis, and a rotator cuff tear can hurt and negatively affect our lives. If you’re experiencing similar orthopedic issues and have not found relief, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy might be able to help.
PRP therapy uses platelets from your own blood and are thought to kick-start a healing cascade by releasing growth factors and signaling molecules. PRP may be safer than some oral and injectable medications, since its derived from your own blood and does not carry the side effect profile or drug interactions of other medicines. PRP is prepared and delivered in-office, and it may help heal and relieve your pain within weeks.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets prepared from your own blood sample. Platelets are the blood components that help to naturally heal our bodies.
PRP Therapy is a form of regenerative therapy used to stimulate healing and help patients recover from injuries and painful orthopedic conditions.
The platelets in the PRP are activated and release growth factors, which may impact processes like cell differentiation, new blood vessel formation, and connective tissue formation. PRP may play a role in the remodeling of bone and soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics, we use PRP to help with several painful conditions including:
hip labrum pain
tennis or golfers elbow
rotator cuff tear
shoulder labrum tear
PRP Therapy involves two main steps – PRP preparation and PRP injection.
We prepare PRP by taking a sample of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. Doing so separates the platelet-rich plasma from other blood components.
We then inject the extracted PRP into the troubled area using an ultrasound-guided technique. The technique is for accuracy, precision and visualization of the injured area to ensure correct placement.
Your PRP Therapy appointment will last about an hour. Our PRP specialist will discuss with you if you’ll require additional future treatment sessions.
PRP is used to encourage long-lasting healing and provide pain relief. You may see effects of the treatment within weeks that better as the weeks pass.
Temporary side effects after the injections may include swelling and pain. However, since we prepare the PRP from your blood, the protocol is thought to have a very low risk of adverse effects like an allergic reaction.
No, PRP and mesenchymal cells are not the same. PRP utilizes platelets found in the blood. Mesenchymal stromal cells are obtained from either adipose tissue (fat) or bone marrow, with higher concentrations present in adipose. Mesenchymal cells are living cells that act as signaling cells within the environment they are placed in. The cells are used to make a concentrated solution, which is then injected at the site of the person’s injury.
No, Medicare does not cover PRP for orthopedic conditions. Medicare will only cover PRP if used for certain diabetic wounds on patients that meet certain criteria.
Use the healing potential found in your own blood vessels to treat sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions. Call us at (240) 754-7954 or contact us online today for your first PRP Therapy appointment.
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