Injuries and degenerative changes in joints, ligaments and tendons are serious sources of chronic pain and can be stubborn to heal. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) has demonstrated high rates of success through stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a state-of-the-art injection therapy commonly used to treat chronic degenerative conditions associated with joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, meniscus and labrums. For example:
- Osteoarthritis of the spine and peripheral joints – Knee, Shoulder, Hip
- Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tears
- Labral tears of the shoulder or hip
- Bursitis of the shoulder or hip
- Tennis Elbow
- Hand pain / CMC Joint arthritis
- Meniscal tears in the knee
- Foot Plantar Fasciitis
- Neck and Back Pain
- Whiplash Injuries
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Ankle Sprains
PRP therapy uses a patient’s own platelets – a cellular component of blood – to repair damaged ligaments and tendons. PRP is popular in sports medicine and similar musculoskeletal disciplines to treat pain in shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, hips and other body areas prone to chronic tendon and ligament injury.
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
- The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells to the injured area.
- Packed with growth factors, platelets begin repair and attract the help of your stem cells to the injured area.
- PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts to heal by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the injured area.
- To make PRP, a small sample of blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other blood components. The process produces a pure concentration of platelets.
- The PRP is injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process
- Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction
Most people benefit from 1-2 PRP treatments, however up to three treatment sessions may be given within a six-month period. Each patient is unique and we customize every treatment to meet your needs.
Dr. Joanne Gordon is widely recognized for her skill and experience in PRP Therapy. Dr. Gordon continues to study with many leading physicians in the United States and participates in teaching other doctors on skilled injection techniques.
Call us for a consultation to learn more about the benefits of PRP.