Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) – an extremely effective method for cartilage, ligament and tendon regeneration and pain reduction.
Professional athletes, weekend warriors, unfortunates who suffered as a result of accidents and degenerative joint disease, like osteoarthritis, have turned to regenerative medicine techniques such as platelet-rich plasma to treat acute and chronic injuries. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary new technique that initiates and regenerates damaged tissues. Platelet-Rich Plasma taps into the healing power of the patient’s own blood. Pain from the injury disappears due to healing of cartilage, ligaments and tendons. PRP is an effective way to treat the following injuries:
- Joint, tendon and ligament tears;
- Arthritic joints;
- Lower back pain;
- Degenerative disc disease;
- Tennis elbow;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- ACL tears;
- Rotator cuff tears;
- Plantar fasciitis or Jogger’s heel;
Human body has a natural healing mechanism. This mechanism is driven by blood cells arriving at the scene of the injury. This blood carries platelets, which are the body’s miracle cells in charge of healing. Platelets are the cells that secrete growth factors, and these growth factors attract stem cells to the site of the injury. Upon arrival to the damaged ligament, tendon or cartilage stem cells are transformed into whatever cells are needed there, for example fibroblasts – collagen- producing cells that increase the strength and thickness of ligaments, tendons and cartilage. This is the body’s natural mechanism of healing injuries. So the more platelets there are at the scene of the injury, the more stem cells are attracted to the site, the better the healing!
In this drug-free therapy, I will draw one to two ounces of blood from your vein and spins it in a centrifuge. This process separates the blood into its components. The blood is made up of platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. For PRP, we just need the platelets and some plasma. Once the blood is centrifuged, I will gather this dense, highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma, which contains 500% more platelets than regular blood by volume. Then I inject this platelet-rich plasma into your site of injury, where it spurs the repair of injured tissue by temporarily increasing inflammation and attracting stem cells. Most patients experience relief very fast. In my experience patients usually regain most of their original functionality quickly. I use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy either separately or as part of a treatment protocol in combination with:
- Nutritional and Vitamin therapy – If you have nutritional deficits, your body will not regenerate as effectively.
- Natural hormone replacement therapy – Individuals with low levels of sex hormones such as testosterone or estrogen do not heal as effectively.
I also use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for cosmetic purposes to enhance collagen production in the age-affected (collagen-poor) areas of the face, neck, arms, and hands. Generally, two to three treatments are needed, but sometimes one injection is all that it takes to restore youthful skin. This treatment is very effective and very popular.
In the News:
Professional athletes use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat their injured joints, tendons, and ligaments:
- Pau Gasol has platelet therapy to speed healing of groin injury.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, golf legend Tiger Woods used it on his left knee before four majors.
- Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee used PRP to relieve an abdominal strain.
- Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward used it to treat a strained calf and a sprained knee ligament before the team went on to win the Super Bowl.
As you can see from the news links above, the professionals have been using this therapy for years. They use it because it really works. It worked for them and it will work for you.
Prolotherapy– an alternative to Platelet-Rich Plasma
Although Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are very effective in regenerating damaged/torn cartilage and tendon injuries, eliminating pain from arthritis and other similar degenerative conditions, I offer another treatment. It is called Prolotherapy. In that therapy, I inject a dextrose solution instead of the highly concentrated platelets. This therapy is not as fast as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, and usually requires more injections to eliminate the problem. However, it is a less expensive out of pocket approach, since neither Prolotherapy nor Platelet-Rich Plasma are covered by insurance.
I have been using Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy for over six years to help my patient recover from various injuries or degenerative diseases of joints and spine. But don’t just take my opinion! Take a look at our patient testimonials, and our instructional videos. Come on over and let me help you to achieve pain free and productive life. Please call me at 212-390-1727 to discuss this therapy, or click here to schedule an appointment.