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How We Use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

by in Regenerative Medicine February 14, 2019

Healing can take time, especially if you have a torn tendon or cartilage, or worse. What if there were a way to make it go faster?

PRP is part of our protocol for helping people with osteoarthritis, but it has also been used by some of sports’ biggest figures—Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, Hines Ward, Alex Rodriquez, and Tiger Woods to name a few—to jump start the healing process from injuries. These athletes sustained injuries that should have sidelined them for months. Instead, they experienced faster recovery times thanks to PRP treatments.

The primary purpose of plasma in your body is to transport nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it. Platelets are small, disk-shaped cells within your blood that contain natural sources of growth factors, proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissues.

For PRP treatments, we take your blood and put it into a centrifuge. Golden liquid rises to the top. This is platelet-rich plasma, which contains up to eight times the concentration of normal platelet levels. We inject that concentrated PRP back into the injured or degraded area, where it stimulates your body to heal itself.

PRP has been shown to be safe and effective in treating conditions and injuries such as:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis and partial tears in the shoulders
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis in the elbows
  • Facet joint arthritis, sacroiliac joint pain, hip girdle muscle pain, and hamstring tendonitis in the back and hips
  • Ligament sprains in the wrists and hands
  • Patellar tendonitis, meniscus tears, and cartilage defects in the knees
  • Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sprains in the ankles and feet

PRP generally requires a single injection, although a second injection can be given a month after the first, if needed. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives

Want to see if stem cell therapy is right for you? Call (865) 769-9685 and schedule an evaluation today! 

You could save up to 20% off the cost of your PRP therapy treatment if you book an evaluation before February 28, 2019 (ask for details when you call).

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