Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
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
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, release proteins into the bloodstream called growth factors.
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 medical treatments or surgery.
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.
The Proof is in the Science
A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed the following results from PRP injections 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.