Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
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Platelet rich plasma (PRP) are cells derived from the blood and they contain an abundance of growth factors and anti-inflammatory agents (IGF, TGF, VEGF etc). If the body sustains an injury, then platelets are naturally delivered to the injury site. They will release the bioactive factors that stimulate tissue repair. PRP presents patients with a long-lasting, permanent solution that will not wear off over time as with a traditional pain injection. For this reason, the use of PRP could help a patient avoid joint replacement surgery, and potentially back surgery. With any treatment option, the effectiveness of the treatment depends upon the severity of the injury.
Creation of PRP is simple and conveniently done during an office visit. The entire process only takes less than one hour to complete. The process is quite simple: a sample of blood is taken, and the platelets are spun into a concentration through centrifugation. The separated platelets are then injected into the damaged or injured part of the body. When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates the tendon or ligament to activate the healing cascade. Ultrasound or guided x-ray (fluoroscopic) imaging is used to guide the injection. As a result, new collagen begins to form in the injured tissue. As this collagen matures, it can become stronger and tighter, and eventually may allow the tendons or ligaments to withstand the stress of daily and sports related activities. PRP therapy is an office procedure that can take roughly an hour.
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Patients can see significant improvement in symptoms, this may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments, such as long-term medication or surgery. Platelet rich plasma research has shown improvement in the acceleration of tissue healing by as much as 50%. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process
How many treatments are necessary and how often is therapy administered?
Everyone will respond differently to treatment so it could take more than one injection to experience significant improvement. If more than one injection is suggested as part of the treatment plan, then they would be spaced out appropriately. This can range anywhere from six to twelve or more weeks depending on the recovery period and to allow for enough time to pass to determine levels of improvement.
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will help to promote tissue healing with minimal to no scarring and prevent further degeneration of the tissue.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY
- Degenerative Disc Disease (of the spine)
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Spinal disc herniations and tears
- Painful joints (and joint injuries) of the: spine (facet joints), hip, knee, and ankle
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
Many traditional, non-operative treatment options concentrate on relieving pain, without fixing the underlying cause. Let us help you to get your life back. A good treatment plan can help to relieve your discomfort and return you to a pain-free and active lifestyle. Cell Bionics Institute offers a comprehensive spine functional restoration program to help patients with all of their spine care needs. With every treatment, we work to help with your current health situation, while also keeping your future health in consideration. The Biodisc® procedure is a much less invasive option, with a much more shortened recovery period than a more invasive procedure, such as spinal fusion surgery. See if you might be a candidate for Biodisc® today. Request a consultation with a spine care expert to discuss a treatment customized treatment plan to help with your back pain.