Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is one of the hottest topics for tissue repair in medicine today. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is often used for alleviating osteoarthritis, repairing torn ligaments and injured tendons as well as innovative therapies like improving nerve and blood circulation for erectile dysfunction or repairing wrinkles in the skin and bone regrowth. Platelets are amazing cell-like particles that circulate around in your blood repairing various aspects of damage to your body.
Research and scientific innovation has helped doctors isolate platelets and concentrate them out of your blood so that they can be injected into the area of injury or degeneration which allows for accelerated repair. In a recent study published last month, French researchers have found that ultrasound guided placement of PRP into a tendon that is injured or partially torn significantly accelerates the healing of the tendon. Many runners and athletes have been plagued by tendonitis or other tendon injuries which keep them from acheiving their competitive goals and often leading to surgery and recovery. Platelet rich plasma injections are non-surgical repair alternatives for people with mild to moderate arthritis and partially torn or strained ligaments and tendons.
The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself, sometimes a little help from modern science and medicine accelerates the process. In our office we've found excellent pain reduction for knee pain, ligament strains, meniscus tears, lower back pain, cartilage damage and tendonitis. You should expect to feel a reduction of pain about 3 weeks after the procedure, continuing to improve for 6 or more weeks after. My personal knee arthritis improvements have extended well into 6 months post injection. For arthritis and areas that are high use regions such as hips and knees, you'll find that a booster in 12-18 months really helps to reduce further degeneration. For active tendonitis, considering ProloZone which is an oxygen/ozone therapy to rehabilitate the tissue environment can be really helpful for pain relief and further accelerating repair before or after the Platelet injection.