Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a cutting edge alternative to surgery to give  a biological boost to the healing process of injured joints, tendons, and ligaments. PRP treatment has received significant attention from the media and has been used by several of the New York Football Giants, other NFL players and elite athletes from other sports, including Tiger Woods.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?platelet rich plasma (PRP) San Diego Clinic of Integrative Medicine

PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.

After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)PRP is given to patients through an injection, and ultrasound guidance can assist in the precise placement of PRP. After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program.

Does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Work?

Several basic science studies in animal models suggest that PRP treatment can improve healing in soft tissue and bone. For example, increased numbers of cells and improved tendon strength have been noted in Achilles tendon injuries, and improved muscle regeneration has been shown in calf muscle injuries.

Basic RGBThese favorable findings in animal models have led to the widespread use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment for a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic tendon problems, as well as injuries to ligaments and muscles. Some early-stage clinical studies in humans have been promising, but are limited by their study design and few patients.

The most promising early results have been seen when PRP treatment is used for chronic tendon conditions, such as tennis elbow and achilles tendinosis, which impacts the Achilles tendon.

PRP has also resulted in positive or similar results when used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears and ligament injuries in the knee.

Dr. Drew Collins is one of the nations’s foremost experts and educators on how to properly administer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments.

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