What is Platelet rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that are storehouses of growth factors and play an important role in normal healing of damaged tissue. For example, when you cut yourself, the body's natural response is to attract platelets that release growth factors that start the process of healing. Platelet rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is made by concentrating platelets to increase the amount of growth factors. It is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting the patient to significant risk. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with body's own natural ability to heal. The human body has remarkable ability to heal itself and by re-injecting concentrated platelets we a facilitating the natural healing process. PRP technology was developed 30 years ago to aide wound healing. Its benefits are now being applied towards the healing tendons and cartilage. PRP has been widely used in Europe.
How is the procedure performed
PRP is prepared by drawing a small amount of patient's own blood and centrifuging it in FDA approved kits to yield plasma that has a high concentration of platelets along with other cells that are beneficial for healing. These include neutrophils, monocyte macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, keratinocytes, and small numbers of primitive stem cells (VSEL). During the same visit, this PRP is then injected into damaged joint, muscle or tendon with ultrasound guidance for precision.
It is a simple procedure performed in outpatient setting with little or no risk. Mild pain or swelling can occur at the injection site but patients can expect to return to normal activity after the procedure. Two or more injections may be needed.
What are the benefits of PRP
Some of the Conditions we can treat with PRP
Patellar tendinitis (Knee)
Meniscus tears (knee)
Plantar fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Rotator Cuff tendinitis and tears (shoulder pain)
Osteoarthritis of knee, hip, ankle, shoulder and other joint
Partial tendon/muscle tears
Is PRP treatment covered by my insurance
At present time PRP is not covered by medicare or other insurances.