What is PRP? How is it obtained and administered?
Platelet Rich Plasma is an autologous, auto-meaning self, concentrated solution of platelet that is derived from the patient’s own blood, containing 5 to 10 times more growth factors than normal blood. PRP is obtained by first drawing the patient’s own blood. Then spun down at a high speed via a centrifuge to separate the platelet portion from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then collected using an aseptic technique and a specialized procedure to activate the platelets and prepare the solution for injection. The solution is then injected near or around the area being treated. The growth factors will then attach to the site of injury and initiate the tissue repair process.
Platelets and PRP, how do they work?
Platelets are tiny cells in our blood that are known for their essential function of clot formation when we get a cut, to stop the bleeding. Platelets have granules that contain enormous numbers of growth factors and other cytokines that when released through degranulation serve as a signal beacon to stimulate the healing of soft tissues or bone. Platelet Rich Plasma utilizes this healing property of platelets to aid the body’s natural healing process, so we are essentially using your own body to heal you site of injury.
Are there any Potential Complications?
Since PRP injections are derived utilizing the patient’s own blood, the risk of adverse reaction is minimal or as comparable to a flu shot. Like any other injection, there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, and injury to any structures in the areas.
Regenerative Medicine at MOST
MOST’s mission is to stay at the forefront of innovative methods of treating injuries and to help not only athletes to return back to sports faster, but also everyday individuals to get back to where they were prior to their injury. Our Sports Medicine team is knowledgeable in both surgical and regenerative medicine techniques in our clinical approach. This allows us to offer our patients the full spectrum of treatment options from conservative, non-surgical to surgery.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine refers to minimally invasive alternative treatment that is used instead of or in conjunction with surgery. Regenerative medicine utilizes the body's own ability to heal itself as treatment. Regenerative medicine has several treatment options including pro-lo therapy, and our most cutting edge and innovative tool, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). It has been used to treat tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone injuries where the body is slow to regenerate or heal. Conditions such as non-retracted or partial rotator cuff tear, calcific tendinitis (of the shoulders, knees, and ankles), Tennis’ or Golfer’s elbow (lateral or medial epicondylitis), Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, back pain, stress fracture or even bone fractures.