Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an injection therapy that uses the body's own growth factors to repair soft tissues. The first step involves a simple blood draw. The patient's blood is then processed using an FDA-approved device to concentrate plasma and platelets. The resulting platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the effected tissue. Platelets and white blood cells within plasma are directly introduced to the tissue where they release growth factors which encourage remodeling and repair. PRP can be an effective treatment for chronic or recurring pain due to damaged tendons, ligaments or cartilage.
PRP can be used to remodel scar tissue and fibrotic adhesions, making it extremely effective in the treatment of Peyronie's Disease and other similar conditions.
Prolotherapy is used in the treatment of:
- Unstable joints (most commonly, but not limited to, the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle)
- Venous Abnormalities (Varicose & spider veins)
Prolotherapy is the use of precise injections of a mild irritant solution directly into the site of torn or stretched ligaments or tendons. This method of injection creates a mild, controlled inflammatory response that encourages growth of new ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure. Successive treatments repeat this process, allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area. Injection of varicose and spider veins creates a similar mild response causing them to contract, making them smaller.
For PRP and Prolotherapy:
The patient must be evaluated thoroughly before treatment will be considered. This evaluation will include patient history, physical exam, and may include imaging or lab studies such as blood work. Successful therapy depends on several factors, including the history of damaged tissues, the patient’s ability to heal, and nutritional deficiencies that would impede the healing process.
For additional information on PRP and prolotherapy, we have provided the following research articles: