What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is a therapy that can aid in repair, reduce inflammation and provide cushioning.  It is used to treat inflammatory conditions in the joints (such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bursitis).

How Does it PRP Work?

The blood consists of different components: including the plasma, platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells.

  • The plasma is a clear, straw colored liquid and is the largest part of the blood. The main role of plasma is to take nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it.
  • Platelets (or thrombocytes) are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. They also contain cytokines and growth factors (that are proteins which aid in repair and healing).
  • Red blood cells (or erythrocytes) are biconcave cells that transport oxygen on the hemoglobin.
  • White blood cells (or leukocytes) find and remove bacteria, viruses and other pathogens from the body.

We start off by collecting a small amount of the patient’s blood.  This is then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate the blood into two components.  The the top layer contains the plasma and the platelets.  This “platelet rich plasma” is then reinjected into the joint (in order to reduce inflammation, provide cushioning and accelerate healing).

When IS PRP Indicated?

PRP treatments are indicated for arthritis, tendonitis, muscle strains, ligament strains and various mechanical injuries.

How Do I Know If I’m Qualified For This Procedure?

The first thing we do is review your medical history, and do a consultation.  This is where you discuss your problem(s), and your goals. Afterward, you will have a physical examination (which consists of orthopedic and neurological tests). If you have existing x-rays, you may bring them with you to show the doctor.  After reviewing all of the information, our medical team will tell you if you are qualified and what their best recommendations are for treatment.

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