Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) in Personal Injury
Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) Therapy is treatment that is derived from the patient’s very own blood!
PRP therapy is an excellent treatment option to treat the following painful conditions:
- Ankle Sprains
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- ACL Injuries
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
- Pelvic Pain and Instability
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Ligament Sprains
What is the PRP procedure?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy procedure requires and can be done in the doctor’s office. Blood sample is taken from the patient, which is typically 40 milliliters that is introduced to the centrifuge- a device that spins and separates the layers of the blood. Once the components of blood are separated, the now super-concentrated platelets can be harvested along with some plasma (the liquid component of the blood) and create the appropriately named platelet rich plasma solution. The effect of “spinning” the blood and harvesting these platelets is to produce a solution that has a much higher concentration of the growth factor rich platelets than are found in blood normally, in the range of six to up to ten times greater. This platelet rich plasma (PRP) solution is then injected into the patient’s damaged tissues to stimulate tissue repair. After the procedure is complete the patient may leave and return to their normal routine on the same day. This procedure is simple, natural and usually very effective.
Why Choose PRP Therapy?
Platelets exist in abundance throughout the entire circulatory system in most people. The concentrated injection of growth factors these platelets provide allows PRP therapy to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.
We at LA Urgent Care and Multispecialty Center focus on the use of PRP for sports related injuries, post traumatic auto accident injuries, slip and fall injuries and musculoskeletal conditions in athletes and non-athletes alike, including arthritis.
By “tweaking” the body’s natural healing ability, invasive procedures that used to be patients’ only options in the past may no longer be needed, and a shortened injury recovery time can often be achieved.
A number of professional athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Hines Ward (who was able to play in Super Bowl XL thanks to PRP Therapy and win the MVP trophy), Stephan Curry and many more have vouched for the success of this treatment on their injuries.
PRP is not just for athletes, and has been used to successfully treat arthritis, chronic tendonitis (aka tendinosis), ligament and joint cartilage damage, and more.
Since this the injection consists of the patient’s own blood there is no fear of rejection, toxicity, or disease transfer. Now that more and more doctors and patients understand the benefits of this procedure its popularity as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain has increased.