Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) has been used to safely treat injuries, joint pain, tendonitis, wound healing, skin conditions, cosmetic rejuvenation, sexual dysfunction and pain, arthritis, muscle injuries, ligament injury, bursitis, sprains, and strains. Conditions commonly treated using PRP include ACL tears, back and neck pain, meniscus injuries, tennis and golf elbow, patellar tendinopathy, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, and ankle sprains.
PRP is a non-toxic substance that is created by non-surgically separating a patient’s own blood into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Once separated, the platelets are isolated and injected (autologous) to the site of injury or skin lesion. The platelets help blood clot and also contains hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are important for healing injuries. PRP contains 5-10 times more platelets than what is typically found in blood. This valuable high concentration of platelets and growth factors promotes healing and can potentially regenerate joints, soft tissue, tendons, and cartilage. Most patients experience results after 2 weeks and optimal results after 3-6 treatments (6 weeks between each treatment). Many patients are able to avoid surgery when using this treatment option. Notably, there are minimal side-effects, which include irritation at the injection or draw site and joint stiffness or muscle soreness. Additionally, there is little to no downtime following the PRP procedure, simply limited exercise 3 days after the injection.
At Innovative Health and Wellness Group, PRP is often used in conjunction with cold laser therapy, soft tissue mobilization, functional taping, customized exercises, diet recommendations, supplementation, and/or prolotherapy.
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