Platelet Rich Plasma
Non-surgical treatment for damaged ligaments, tendons, cartilage and meniscus
WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a more aggressive type of Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) in comparison to prolotherapy. One treatment of PRP is roughly equivalent to 3-4 prolotherapy treatments. Considering the efficiency of PRP vs. prolotherapy, some athletes prefer this treatment so that they are able to return to their sport in a shorter amount of time.
PRP involves extracting your own blood, spinning it down to concentrate the platelets, (which contain over 20 different growth factors) and then injecting these directly into tissues that are damaged. The needling technique for platelet rich plasma is the same technique that is used for prolotherapy; the difference is the substance in the syringe.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections regenerate new tissue by “feeding” lingering stem cells in the area that is being injected. For example, if we inject into a joint space that has thinning cartilage, the platelet rich plasma solution basically gives the stem cells a message to become cartilage cells.
Platelet rich plasma is quickly becoming the standard of care in orthopedic medicine for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions – especially conditions in which surgery is not indicated. It should be noted however, that not all PRP treatments are the same. As a naturopathic doctor, I ensure that you as the patient are in a healthy state before receiving treatment, as the therapy is only as good as the quality of your blood. The effectiveness of a platelet rich plasma treatment is also depended on the centrifuge machine used to separate your blood. The system I use at my clinic has been shown in numerous studies to be superior to the majority of others on the market for concentrating platelets.
HOW MANY INJECTIONS ARE REQUIRED?
The number of treatments required will depend on the severity of your injury, your age, activity level, hormone statues and healing ability. Typically 2-3 PRP injections are needed for full recovery. These are usually spaced 4-6 months apart.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
No referral is required to receive PRP injections from a licensed naturopathic doctor.
IS PRP COVERED BY INSURANCE?
We do not offer direct billing at ProActive Health Group, but your PRP treatments can be reimbursed if your insurance plan includes naturopathic medicine or a health spending account.
IS PRP PAINFUL?
PRP can be quite painful depending on the severity of your injury and the amount of imflammation you have in your body. The pain does not last long, however, and the long term pain relief is worth the short term discomfort.
HOW LONG IS EACH APPOINTMENT?
PRP appointments are 40-60 minutes in length, depending on how many joints are being injected. Up to 2 joints can be treated with one blood draw.
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If you have more questions about prolotherapy, PRP or trigger point injections, feel free to book a FREE 15-minute consult with Dr. Mandy today and discuss whether these therapies are right for you.