PRP, as it is commonly known, is actually a therapy in which an injection of Platelet Rich Plasma is administered. The PRP injection is made from the blood of the patient, making it a safer treatment option because there is little chance for an adverse reaction, due it being his or her own blood. A PRP injection has a platelet concentration more than eight times above the baseline whole blood platelet concentration.
Though PRP is an emerging method by which a sports-related injury can be successfully treated, PRP was initially used in the 1990s to promote healing when a spinal condition like degenerative disc disease presented in a patient. By design, the injection bathes the injured area in platelets which are normally charged with promoting clotting and wound healing, with the theory being that the extra platelets will speed healing naturally.
Injuries that can be Treated Successfully with PRP Therapy:
The medical professionals from Total Vitality Medical Group rely on PRP injections for the treatment of:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including an acute tear
- Golfer’s and tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Knee joint, hip joint, shoulder joint and ankle joint osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment syndromes, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Lumbar and cervical pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hamstring strains
- Hip strains
- Knee instability and pain
Nearly any ligament or tendon injury that did not present as a full tear can be treated successfully with PRP therapy. The injections are the right treatment for any patient who would like to get back to a pain-free life faster while minimizing the chance for the condition to reappear.
How do the Medical Professionals from Total Vitality Medical Group Prepare PRP Therapy and Administer it to a Patient?
The speedy in-office process for PRP injection preparation is not overly-complicated, but it is a multi-step procedure:
- Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm into a vial
- The blood is processed in a centrifuge machine which separates the platelets from the rest of the components of the blood
- The plasma containing the platelets is then transferred to another sterile vial without anti-coagulant.
The platelet therapy is then prepared for injection into the area that has suffered an injury by a medical professional from Total Vitality Medical Group. The administration of the PRP injection to the injured area requires the following steps:
- The injured area is cleansed
- If an ultrasound is required for accuracy, a gel will be applied to an area the skin near the proposed injection site
- The ultrasound will then be used to provide the medical professional a live image of the injured joint or injured area
- You will then be asked to relax, which will make the injection less painful
- The medical professional will insert a small amount of PRP into the injured area or injured joint
- The injection area will then be cleaned and a bandage applied.
Will Opting into PRP Therapy Eliminate the Need for an Additional Procedure?
PRP therapy, as administered by a doctor at Total Vitality Medical Group, can help treat and improve the symptoms associated with a host of chronic conditions. This is, however, not a guarantee that additional treatment will not be required. A medical condition that is ongoing that has failed to heal properly or fully is often characterized by scar tissue in the ligament or tendon. This failure of a tendon or ligament to fully heal is due to limited blood supply making it to the area injured. The PRP injection is meant to essentially trick the body into a belief that the old injury is in fact new and promote healing. Healing is sparked and augmented by the concentrated platelet levels found in the injection. The end-goal is that healing and strengthening the area can be paired to improve the condition.
The doctors of Total Vitality Medical Group know that PRP therapy is a method by which they can speed healing time, minimize the need for surgical intervention and slow or halt the progress of some chronic conditions.