Platelet Rich Plasma therapy was amongst the first orthobiologic therapies available to the public and utilized widely and in the US. PRP was initially used on race horses about 20 years ago. It was noticed that when the injured race horses were injected with the platelets exptracted from their own blood, they would continue running without further need for conventional anti-inflammatory medicine, such as steroids. PRP treatment was later utilized in orthopedic and spine world to heal injuries in professional athletes. This procedure became popularized with the likes of athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods among others. PRP is now the preferred injection for pain and repair of body tissues among the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA athletes. This procedure is not only fast and effective, it is also cost effective and requires minimal post procedure recovery time.
- Platelets have 10 different growth factors to signal new tissue and blood formation
- Platelets have a special anti-inflammatory protein, Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1RA), commonly known as the “body’s own cortisone”
- Platelets form a scaffolding for new tissue though fibrin cross link, which forms blood clots
- Platelets send out cytokines, which are little smoke signals of distress, to inform the body where to focus its healing efforts
- Platelets have a specific signal to stimulate and attract stem cells
PRP therapy is an affordable procedure to everyone, especially when it can prevent or significantly delay conventional surgery. PRP is a well-established, trusted therapy to heal patients and get them back to their activities in a minimal time.
Having done more than 30,000 procedures, we have helped our patients to live pain-free, keep their desired activity level despite age, and keep their performance up through retirement as professional athletes. We personalize your treatment to your exact needs on a cellular level. No injury is the same, and neither should be your treatment.
As people seek out alternative options to surgery for injuries and other conditions, therapies such as PRP will become more in demand. Not only are patients excited about it but physicians are as well as it gives them more options to offer their patients. Treating patients with their own body components is revolutionary and more than likely just the beginning of these forms of treatment. Further research will occur and the use of these treatments will continue as long as they prove to be effective.
Patients with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or those with an active cancer are not recommended to be administered PRP.
Platelet injections are safe. Since you are using your body’s own blood components and there are no foreign substances being injected into your body, the injections are considered safe. However there is some minimal risk involved. During research studies and clinical trials, the only risk noted was that the injection could cause an infection to develop. This is not unique to platelet injections, anytime a person undergoes an injection there is this risk. But because there are no foreign bodies being injected and there is no concern of disease transmission, this therapy is considered to be safe. Using one’s own body as a healing mechanism is a relatively new concept in the world of medicine, and an exciting one at that. As therapies such as these begin to prove they are beneficial and effective, you will likely see similar therapies develop in other medical areas.
Most patients see some improvement within 2-6 weeks. The pain becomes less and less as the weeks pass with most clinical trials reporting improvement up to 6-9 months post injection.
Patients usually tolerate the injection well. However, there can be soreness after the injection due to the PRP-induced inflammatory response. You can expect swelling and soreness during the first 48 hours post injection and are given pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort.