Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP Therapy)
Side Effects And Take-Aways On PRP Therapy
We Specialize In PRP Therapy To Treat A Variety of Conditions
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, is a treatment that though still an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to assist in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery. PRP therapy has gained widespread recognition in the sports world in recent times when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP injections before they went on to win Super Bowl XLIII. Other high profile athletes who have received this treatment include Tiger Woods (who received four treatments after knee surgery) and MLB pitchers Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon. Here at top Orlando orthopedic center Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, we use PRP to treat a variety of conditions. Call Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute today to make an appointment.
What is PRP Therapy
When used at the site of injury, the growth factors and other components in platelet rich plasma (PRP) have been clinically shown to potentially accelerate healing of injured or poorly healed tissue, thereby improving function and decreasing pain in patients of all ages and activity levels without surgery.
How PRP Works
PRP therapy typically takes around twenty minutes to complete per treatment. Firstly, 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood is collected. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. Doctors then inject the concentrated platelets into the site of the injury, usually using ultrasound guidance to assist with accuracy. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are key in repairing injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery through increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and allow cartilage to turn more firm and resilient. PRP activates tenocytes so that they are able to proliferate fast and produce collagen to repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.
The number of injections will vary depending on the individual condition of each patient, but generally range anywhere from two to six injections done over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain following the first or second injection. Typically speaking PRP injections are not painful, but the discomfort level will depend on the part of the body that is treated. Injections that go into the joint tend to produce minimal discomfort.
Conditions Treated With PRP Therapy
Here at Orlando Orthopedic center Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, we have seen that PRP injections are the most effective for the following conditions:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment syndromes, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain
- Lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain
Moreover, PRP can also be effective for many cases of osteoarthritis through stimulating healing of cartilage and cutting down on pain and disability. Types of osteoarthritis that can be treated by PRP include:
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
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Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute is a top Orlando orthopedic center providing PRP therapy. Call Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute to make an appointment today.