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 a high rate of success by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a one of the safest state-of-the-art injection therapies available at Natural Health Works in Oregon CIty. It is commonly used to treat arthritis and other chronic degenerative conditions associated with joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, meniscus and labrums. For example:
- Osteoarthritis of the spine and peripheral joints such as the knee, shoulder and 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 orthopedic and sports medicine 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 joint or muscle injury is to deliver platelet cells to the hurt area.
- Packed with growth factors, platelets begin to repair the damage 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 growth factors 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. She continues to study with many leading physicians in the United States and participates in teaching other doctors on skilled injection techniques.
Call us for your consultation to learn more about the benefits of PRP.