Damaged joints, ligaments and tendons are serious sources of chronic pain and are notoriously stubborn to heal. Treatments such as Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) have demonstrated high rates of success through stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Pain
- ACL Injuries
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Back and Neck Pain
- Whiplash Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Ankle Sprains
- Hand pain / CMC Joint
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
Some people require up to three treatment sessions within a six-month time period. Yet a large number of people often gain significant or complete relief after the first or second injection.
Dr. Joanne Gordon is widely recognized for her skill and experience in administering PRP. She has studied with many leading practitioners in the United States. Give us a call if you think PRP may be right for you or want to learn more about PRP.