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Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy

New Treatment Provides Lasting Joint and Tendon Pain Relief!

There’s been quite a buzz in the news as of late about Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, with a high success rate, as its been used successfully in celebrity professional athletes to alleviate pain.

PRP therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP therapy has been used by many professional athletes to improve their rate of healing and return to peak performance. PRP therapy is utilized in pain, orthopedic, and sports medicine practices in the U.S. and many other countries.

The treatment takes less than an hour and has been most beneficial in relieving pain often caused by sports injuries, but has also been successful in treating general pain in orthopedic problems, as well.  The revolutionary new treatment relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions and has been used in both the U.S. and many other countries.  PRP therapy has been used by many professional athletes and shown significant results, improving their rate of healing and returning them to peak performance.

 

The image below summarizes the procedure:

It’s your own body healing itself!

Because the therapy utilizes plasma from your own body, the treatment is usually well- tolerated and easily assimilated.  It’s a simple technique, really.  Blood is drawn from the patient and then loaded into a centrifuge. After 15 minutes of spinning at 3500 rpm, the blood separates into:  red blood cells at bottom, platelet-poor plasma at top, and in the middle, your platelet-rich plasma, which can be extracted and then used as your body’s own panacea serum for relieving pain. 

On what joints/tendons can PRP be used?

PRP can be used on any tendon or ligament that is damaged. This commonly includes either of the following diagnoses:

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Biceps Tendonitis, both distal and proximal
Achilles Tendonitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Labrum Injuries 
“OCD Lesions” or Osteochondral Lesion      
Osteoarthritis of major Joints including the knee

Other complicated cases including post-operative pain and slow healing conditions after surgery or an injury can be considered. For example, Hines Ward and Tiger Woods have had this procedure performed for their slow healing injuries, which were preventing them from performing at their top levels. Individual cases vary and can be considered with a consultation with Dr. Pierce. 

Another consideration for high level athletes looking for decreased down time and faster healing rates is having PRP performed immediately after your injury. Mixed Martial Artists and other Professional and Amateur athletes have had PRP performed on their acute injuries to improve healing time and outcomes. 

How does PRP therapy work?

PRP is a concentrated blend of growth factors, cytokines and platelets that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery and healing through the body’s own mechanisms. The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets (up to 9X’s normal) to the injured area.  PRP’s supra-physiologic concentration of growth factors stimulates healing of chronic injuries. There is minimal down time with PRP and healing takes place over 1-6 weeks. Elite athletes can return to training almost immediately since no foreign chemicals, medication or hardware was introduced to the body.

How is PRP obtained and injected?

Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing a small amount of whole blood from the patient and placed in a centrifuge for 15 minutes at 3500 revolutions per minute. This layers out specific portions of blood, specifically, one small layer rich in growth factors and platelets. The growth factor rich plasma (“PRP”), is then directly placed into the damaged tissue, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

What are the potential benefits?

Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function. 

How frequently is this procedure done?

Occasionally, one injection can improve symptoms to the extent that no further intervention is needed.  However, “PRP” is often performed 1-3 times, spaced out each 4 weeks.  This procedure uses the body’s own healing mechanisms, making complications virtually non-existent.  
 
There is minimal down time with PRP and healing takes place over 1-6 weeks.  Elite athletes can return to training almost immediately since no foreign chemicals, medication or hardware was introduced to the body.
 

What are the expected results?

Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

What are the significant side effects?

Although uncommon, the risks include those signs/symptoms associated with an injection including: pain, infection, no relief of symptoms, worsening of symptoms, blood clot, nerve injury, skin discoloration, calcification, scarring, loss of fat to the affected area, and allergic reaction.

Is PRP right for me?

If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation Dr. Pierce to see if PRP therapy is right for you. Dr. Pierce performs an initial evaluation to see if PRP therapy is right for you.

Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at 6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C  Las Vegas, NV  89118.  702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net

 

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