Orthopedic and Wellness is proud to introduce a new Regenerative Medicine Therapy offering: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) Treatment.
Regenerative Medicine is an exciting and revolutionary field of orthopedics and sports medicine. It involves the application of biological therapies that enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
How Does It Work?
Platelet rich plasma is derived from whole blood,which contains many small solid components including red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP injections are increasing in popularity as an alternative to other more invasive techniques and as a way to speed healing after other methods of treatment.
How is PRP Prepared and Injected?
In the comfort of our office, blood will be drawn from the patient, just as is done for a blood test, and then placed in a special centrifuge. The centrifuge then spins and separates the red and white blood cells from the platelets. This results in the formation of a platelet sample that is 5 times more concentrated with platelets than regular blood. The PRP is then injected back into the patient’s injured or degenerated tissues under imaging guidance. The increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process.
What Conditions Are Treated With PRP Treatment?
PRP Treatment works best for chronic ligament and tendon injuries that have failed other conservative treatments, including:
PRP Treatment can also be very helpful for the following “wear and tear” conditions:
What are the Protocols of PRP Therapy Treatment?
The treatment plan is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. Some patients need only PRP injection, while others require combined injection of PRP with Stem Cell Treatment.
PRP provides cell signals and nourishment to help the stem cells flourish and to develop into new cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The relationship is akin to fertilizer and seeds used in gardening.
The PRP Treatment may need 2-3 treatments in very severe cases.
When Can I expect to See Improvement?
On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement approximately 6-8 weeks after treatment. The most striking results can present in the form of less overall pain, an increased ability to do more activity, or a faster than normal recovery from pain.
Are There Risks Related to PRP Therapy Treatment?
Because the PRP is obtained from the patient undergoing treatment (ie the patient is both the donor and the recipient), there is no risk of rejection or infection from other donors. No report of significant risk related to PRP TherapyTreatment has been found.
The potential complications associated with PRP Therapy are similar to that of regular joint injections.
Is PRP Therapy Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Currently, PRP TherapyTreatment is still considered experimental. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do not pay for this treatment.
What is the cost of PRP Therapy Treatment?
We are offering an introductory price to make this regenerative treatment affordable to most patients. The price may be subject to change in the future. Please call our offices to request additional information regarding pricing for this revolutionary therapy.