PRP injections are a promising solution to accelerate the healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting patients to significant risk. It is a safe and natural alternative to surgery for chronic conditions including, but not limited to:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Chronic tendonitis
- Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
- Articular cartilage injury
- Resistant bone fractures
Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected area. These platelets release growth factors and facilitate the healing process.
Combining technology and the body’s own ability to heal itself, this non-surgical treatment could potentially eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments or surgery.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
Platelets are particles found in the blood whose primary purpose is to respond to injury and begin the healing process. They migrate to the site of injury and when exposed to injured tissue, they release proteins into the bloodstream called growth factors. By concentrating the platelets, we increase the release of these growth factors which then promotes healing of the injured site.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
There are no known negative side effects of PRP injections although soreness may be felt at the site of injection. This is a positive sign that the healing process has been set into motion.
Who Is NOT A Candidate For PRP?
- Anyone who has had any other type of cancer, not in remission for at least 5 years
- Those suffering any current infection
- Patients using anti-platelet therapy, such as: Coumadin, Plavix, Xarelto or Lovenox, and are unable to remain off due to a medical condition
- Patients with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s disease
- Patients with multiple medical issues
The Proof is in the Science
A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed the following results in patients with chronic elbow tendinosis:
46% pain relief by 4 weeks
60% pain relief by 8 weeks
81% pain relief by 6 months
At the conclusion of the study, 93% of patients were completely satisfied with the PRP injections and had avoided surgery.
Are you in pain? Contact our office today to see if PRP Injections are right for you.