PRP in Phoenix, AZ [and greater valley]
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, a form of regnerative medicine, offers great potential for helping the body to heal itself by amplifying the natural growth factors your body uses to heal different tissues.
PRP for Pain
PRP therapy involves concentratted injections of a patient’s own platelets to advance the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. PRP injections stimulate each individual patient’s own healing system within their body to improve musculoskeletal problems and pain.
PRP in my knee made dramatic changes
to the pain and swelling.
Studies have shown Platelet-rich plasma [PRP] significantly enhances the body’s healing process. PRP injections are effective for joint pain like:
- osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip.
- shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff or labrum tears,
- Achilles tendon ruptures and
- Soft-tissue injuries like tendonosis/ tendonitis.
- tennis elbow
- golfer’s elbow
PRP has also been proven to reduce pain and improve function in people with musculoskeletal problems.
Because PRP injections are created from your own blood, the benefits far outweigh the risks. PRP injections can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. In addition, the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and what are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to guide the injection. The photographs below illustrate a PRP injection into a patient’s torn tendon. The ultrasound guidance is shown at left and the injection is shown at right.
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