Platelet Rich Plasma
Tired of pain and dysfunction? PRP Injections, or Platelet Rich Plasma, are one of the most talked about and exciting treatments for pain. This injection is a super-charged Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT). Top athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Lewis have all received amazing results and gotten back in the game with a shorter recovery time. Platelet rich plasma has over 8,000 peer-reviewed journal studies showing promise across the medical field.
About Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used for the repair of chronic degenerative joints, ligaments and tendon injuries. This new technology is backed by research and is changing the way we treat injury, pain and aging. Conditions treated include; chronic overuse injuries to the ankles, knees and shoulders; arthritic joints, chronic back and spine arthritis and pain, and degenerative disc disease. In addition, these specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee ligament tears, shin splints, partial thickness rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and IT band syndrome may all be effectively treated using PRP.
PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process resulting in new collagen formation.
Conventional treatments for pain are focused on the symptom of pain and turning it off, whereas PRP is aimed at the root cause: damage to joints and connective tissue, and healing that damage, thereby restoring function and decreasing pain.
How do PRP injections work?
After a blood draw in the office, your blood is spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets. Then a local anesthetic is injected to the area of pain or damage. Finally, the PRP is injected to the site of injury. Platelets contain various growth factors that activate and enhance healing.
This is the LEVEL 2 treatment in the Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) family. This means that the reaction in the body can be twice as strong. Not everyone is a candidate for this therapy as the inflammation can be too intense for some people to tolerate. Dr. ACE typically recommends beginning with 1-2 treatments of Prolotherapy to gauge your healing response, and in some instances will recommend PRP from the start.
At Regenerate Health Medical Center, healing is about the patient and custom-tailored treatments are designed for better outcomes.
Is this a new fad or considered blood doping?
No, the use of platelets to stimulate healing has decades of research and clinical success. PRP was first used in humans during periodontal surgery to speed healing and reduce bleeding. PRP is a concentrated extract of platelets from your own blood. Red blood cells and most of the water are separated. Blood doping is the opposite, adding more red blood cells back into your blood for a competitive advantage in sports.
Regenerative Injection Therapy is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for acute and chronic pain. Regenerative Injection Therapy works by stimulating the body to heal and repair itself. This treats the cause of the pain rather than merely providing symptomatic relief. This series of injections are quick and well tolerated.
Do you qualify for a non-surgical solution to your pain?
After completing this survey, the doctor will review it and schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with you to answer any questions you may have and explain treatment options. Dr. ACE focuses on treating the root cause of your pain versus only managing the symptoms.
Common Conditions Treated with Platelet Rich Plasma
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Sports injuries
- Sprains & Ligament injuries
- Ligament Laxity, Joint instability & hyper mobility
- Over-manipulation Syndrome
- Low Back pain / Sciatica
- Hip Pain – Arthritis, Bursitis, Labrum Lesions
- Knee pain – Meniscal, ACL, MCL, LCL Tears
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Foot & Ankle Pain – Plantar Fasciitis, Sprains, Morton’s Neuroma
- Neck Pain – Whiplash / Headache / Migraines
- Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Pain & Glenoid Labrum Tears
- Elbow Pain – Golfer’s & Tennis Elbow
- Wrist Pain – Carpal Tunnel, Weak or sore wrists
- Hand – Thumb & Finger Pain