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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

“A new procedure that is gaining popularity across the world in the treatment of tendinopathies and arthropathies is platelet rich plasma administration. This procedure is analogous to autologous blood injections, but involves delivery of the concentrated platelet rich plasma, which is rich in growth factors.”

PRP is identical to Prolotherapy/Regenerative injection therapy, only the solution injected is different. 

Blood platelets are responsible for bringing white blood cells to the injured area to clean up the remains of dead and injured cells. Most importantly to this discussion, blood platelets release growth factors that are directly responsible for tissue regeneration. These substances are called cytokines and include platelet derived growth factor, epithelial growth factor, and other important growth factors.

PRP has been used for years in surgical centers around the US and abroad to improve the success of bone grafting (especially in dental surgery) and also by cosmetic surgeons for speeding healing time and decreasing the risk of infection after surgery. Only in the last few years have doctors and surgeons been experimenting with injecting PRP for the treatment of chronic pain. Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis/tendonosis, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, osteoarthritis and chronic low back and neck pain are all being treated with the injection of PRP with the goal of regenerating degenerated connective tissue with reports of success.

People generally report two days of being sore.

Usually pain relief occurs within the first week and continues to improve over a period of months.

PRP treatment is the therapeutic equivalent of three or four prolotherapy/regenerative injection therapy treatments using dextrose

One of the attractive aspects of this treatment is the use of a person’s own blood to eliminate the risk of the transmission of disease. The same lab that has developed the preparation kit for production of PRP has also developed a method to collect a person’s own stem cells which eliminates the need for embryonic, umbilical or placental stem cells. This procedure is much more invasive as it requires a bone marrow biopsy and it is quite expensive compared to PRP which is safe, easy and inexpensive.

 

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