Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets.
The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive
proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate
tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective
tissue healing; support bone, tendon, and ligament regeneration and repair;
promote development of new blood vessels; and stimulate the wound healing process.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
To prepare PRP, blood is taken from the patient and put through a separating
process—the components within the blood are isolated to produce
the PRP. The entire process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. When PRP is
injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament as
well as causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade.
What Are the Potential Benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. Healing times may
drop by 50%. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments
such as long-term medication or surgery. It also leads to a remarkable
return of function.
What Can Be Treated?
PRP injections can be performed in muscles, tendons, and ligaments all
over the body.
Some examples include the following:
- Resistant Fractures
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Articular Cartilage Injury
- Acute Tendon Rupture
- Chronic Tendinopathy
How Many Treatments Are Necessary? How Often Is This Therapy Administered?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require a series of
one to three injections. Each injection may be spaced several weeks apart.
There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have: the risks
and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
Is PRP Right for Me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not
provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is
less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with
minimal or no scarring, and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues.
There will be an initial evaluation with your doctor to see if PRP therapy
is right for you.
Will My Insurance Pay for This Treatment?
Unfortunately, at this time most insurance companies consider this to be
an investigational procedure and do not consider this to be a reimbursable expense.
Dr. Vernon Williams and Dr. Steve Yoon are currently accepting patients
for this procedure.
Contact us for more information.