Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are an emerging treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and joint arthritis. PRP is a method of concentrating platelets from your own blood which contain healing cells such as growth factors, stem cell signaling markers, and white blood cells. These cells are vital for tissue repair and regeneration. The PRP is then injected directly into an injured area or arthritic joint to help repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased tissue strength, and improves overall function.

How is a PRP injection preformed? PRP therapy is a simple procedure that is performed in the office setting with little risk because the PRP is from your own blood. First a small sample of the patient’s blood is taken and concentrated in a centrifuge machine in a two-step process that eliminates red blood cells and neutrophils. The remaining plasma portion contains a high concentration of platelets up to 8 times that of whole blood. The PRP is then precisely injected into the injured tissue using ultrasound guidance. The PRP therapy accelerates the body’s natural healing process leading to a faster and more efficient restoration of the injured tissue to a healthy state.

To learn more about receiving platelet rich plasma therapy at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians, please download our PRP handout PRP handout and the Pure PRP brochure.

For more information regarding this exciting new treatment, read this article published by the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/sports/17blood.html.

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