What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Platelets contain healing properties, which can accelerate the healing of tendons and ligaments in the musculoskeletal system.
How is PRP made?
Platelets for PRP are made from the patient's own blood. It is similar to a patient donating his or her blood before a surgical procedure. This is what the process entails.
First, blood is withdrawn from the patient into tubes.
Next, the blood is placed in a centrifuge and is spun around.
The centrifuge process concentrates the red and white blood cells and platelets in different levels in the tubes. Blood plasma that is rich in platelets is taken out and is readied for the application process.
How is PRP used for the musculoskeletal system?
In the musculoskeletal system, PRP is injected into and around the site of injury. This triggers the body's reaction to repair muscle, bone, and other tissue. The entire process, including preparation and injection, takes about a half hour.
What are the expected results associated with PRP for the musculoskeletal system?
PRP therapy can speed up soft tissue healing for injuries and conditions such as:
Rotator cuff tears
Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder
Many patients also experience a reduction in pain. Two to three injections of PRP are typically required to obtain optimal results and the injections are usually spaced at least three to four weeks apart.
Who are good candidates for PRP for the musculoskeletal system?
If you are experiencing tendonitis; ankle sprains, ligament sprains; rotator cuff tears; or osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder and want to treat these issues with little to no downtime or risk of injury, consider PRP for the musculoskeletal system.
Each of our locations has at least 1 Certified PRP Educational Consultant ready to answer any questions you may have about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Our Certified PRP Educational Consultants are eager to help with any questions or concerns you have about PRP Therapy. Call and schedule a FREE consultation with a Certified PRP Educational Consultant today and also learn more about our state of the art centrifuge machine!
To schedule a consultation, please call (813) 932-9798.
Prolotherapy can help with a number of debilitating pain-related conditions. Whether your injuries are sports related or otherwise, Prolotherapy can boost recovery. Injections can be made in various parts of the body, including:
Prolotherapy is safe for use in those areas and more. Some of the conditions that can be treated with regenerative injection therapy are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lower back pain
- ACL / MCL tears
- Pinched nerves
- Tennis elbow
How Prolotherapy Works
Prolotherapy is performed at our office, giving you comfort and convenience. RIT provides the ideal treatment for soft tissue injuries.
We will inject the affected area with orthobiologics. These are substances which induce your body's natural healing processes. There are two varieties of orthobiologic Prolotherapy: cellular (which includes platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells) and comprehensive (which includes naturally occurring healing substances).
After Prolotherapy Treatment
After your injection, it's normal to see some swelling and inflammation. This is the body's natural healing process taking place, accelerated by Prolotherapy. The primary target of Prolotherapy is your joints, tendons and ligaments, which is where most chronic-pain related injuries originate.
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may require only one injection. More severe issues will require multiple injections and possibly multiple visits. Doing so will provide the entire affected area with fast, natural relief.