What is PRP and how is it done?
Blood is made up of 93% red cells (RBCs), 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells (WBCs), and plasma. Platelets in your blood contain contain packets of natural growth hormones and proteins that tell your tissues to increase rebuilding to enhance your recovery and help stop the pain.
First, in our office, your blood is drawn and the platelets are separated from the RBCs using centrifugation. The resulting concentration of platelets and plasma (plus the minimal amounts of WBCs) — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than your initial blood draw. This concentration is used for your PRP injection to jump start your healing process. From start to finish, the treatment takes about 45-60 minutes.
What Conditions Benefit From PRP?
Highly popular in sports medicine, PRP treatment works for acute and chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis & golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendinosis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinosis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Sports hernias & athletic pubalgia
- Other chronic tendon and ligament problems
In addition, PRP can be very helpful for many cases of osteoarthritis (the "wear & tear" kind). PRP can help stimulate a "smoothing over" of the roughened and arthritic cartilage, reducing the pain and disability of arthritis. This includes knee arthritis, hip joint arthritis and other joint arthritis. Both ultrasound and MRI studies have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the benefits of this healing process.
Because it hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, most insurance plans, including Medicare, do NOT pay for PRP injections as they are still considered an experimental treatment. At Family Tree Complete Care, we will prepare an individualized treatment plan which is designed for your unique needs to address and treat the actual cause of your symptoms and pain.
We can help you! Please call us today at (405) 757-2577 to set up a free consultation to discuss your treatment options.