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Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is sourced from your own blood and is used in joint and cosmetic procedures.

PRP is not a new treatment modality.  Like most other newer technologies, it was first experiemented on athletes at the professional level.  Many gained noticable changes which gave birth to the PRP regenerative therapy that is now available to you.  Athletes like Tiger Woods, tennis great Rafael Nadal are a couple noteworthy names.  People are receiving PRP for various conditions.

Some conditions that are treated with PRP

  • sprained knees
  • chronic tendon injuries like tennis elbow
  • achilles tendonitis
  • jumper’s knee- patellar tendon inflammation
  • acute sports injuries
  • pulled hamstrings
  • post arthroscopic surgery- helps speed healing time
  • some arthritis

PRP is a not a traditional medicine.  Pharmaceutical companies do not make any money on this therapy.  The injection can be performed on small muscle or tendon tears, in joints and for trigger points.

If it’s not made in a lab, where is it from?  PRP is from your own blood.  That’s right, from you!  When something is derived from your own body that means it is autologous.

Side Effects

  • swelling/inflammation for up to 1-wk after
  • infection- like any injection; very small chance.  Less than 0.2 percent.
  • feeling better and overdoing it too soon!  I get it you may be feeling better, but slow down.

So now that you know it’s not a pharmaceutical drug (aka not heavily research for corporate profit) and it’s from your own blood do you think it’s safe?  I would say safer, because every procedure comes with inherent risk.  For this procedure those risks are going to be very minimal.

Procedure

  1.  Draw enough blood from your veins so there is enough to treat whatever condition the doctor is attempting to repair.
  2. Spin the blood in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood cells.

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood.

Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.  PRP is plasma with more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 10-50 times greater than usual.

PRP is not generally covered by insurance.  Check with your carrier to determine if even partial reimbursement is available to you.

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