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.
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.