PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY is a natural, non-surgical treatment that utilizes the healing properties of platelets from your own blood to help jumpstart the healing process. This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting success with osteoarthritis of joints such as the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.

Platelet-rich plasma injection of the knee

Understanding how PRP Therapy Works

The procedure of platelet-rich plasma treatment is fairly simple. Platelet-rich plasma is collected by first drawing a patient’s blood. That blood is spun down to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The platelet-rich layer of that plasma is extracted, concentrated, and re-injected into damaged tissue. The influx of that platelet-rich plasma then triggers a natural healing response by the body. The platelets, when activated, release adhesive glycoproteins and other various growth factors, which enhance healing on a cellular level.What to expect during PRP therapy

PRP Therapy is successfully used in orthopedics, sports medicine, wound healing, PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets.
Platelet Rich Plasma is prepared in our office in just a matter of minutes. We draw a small amount of venous blood. The sample is then processed with a medical device that has been approved by the FDA and then spun in a medical centrifuge.

After centrifugation, APMI physician prepares the Platelet Rich Plasma. The final product is a high concentration of the patients very own platelets embedded in the plasma. The preparation typically takes 15 minutes and the PRP can be injected right away. We utilize state of the art equipment to create the highest quality customized Platelet Concentrates.

Under the guidance of an ultrasound image, your APMI physician will then inject the platelet-rich plasma directly into your specific injured areas. PRP is a very safe treatment as the entire preparation process is closed and there are no foreign substances added to the PRP.

Conditions We treat with PRP Therapy

PRP therapy can be applied to an array of musculoskeletal injuries and has exhibited positive results. APMI physician may recommend this innovative and minimally invasive approach to treat a wide range of conditions and areas of pain, including:

  • Joint arthritis
  • Hip, knee and shoulder pain
  • Chronic tendonitis/tendinosis in the elbow, hip, or knee, foot and ankle
  • Acute ligament and muscle injuries in athletes
  • Common sports injuries
  • Muscle Tears
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Fractures

PRP therapy can be used as a compliment to orthopedic surgery, as a potential method for enhancing the healing process. Patients can receive PRP injections during or after surgery to accelerate recovery.

PRP therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has helped a number of people stay active and achieve profound relief from osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, chronic pain, acute athletic injuries and a number of other conditions.

Ask your physician if PRP therapy is right for you.

Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be effective at relieving pain. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process.

PRP Therapy is successfully used in orthopedics, sports medicine, wound healing, PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. treating sports injuries with PRP therapy is a popular and effective application of this procedure.  This treatment uniformly reduces recovery time from injury and overuse.