PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
The price of participating in athletic activities is the occasional tearing of muscle, tendon and ligaments. In an effort to getting back onto the playing field, many athletes, both amateur and professional, have turned to PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
By using the person’s own blood, there are very few risks or side effects. The blood is withdrawn from an arm and is spun down in a two-step centrifugation process to separate out the platelets while mixing them with citrate and dextrose using a sterile technique. This provides a super saturated, very high concentration of pure platelets. These platelets contain all of the healing factors, are then injected directly into the site of injury.
Platelets contain growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and cytokines, which improve cell reproduction and extracellular matrix production, which leads to soft tissue and bone regeneration as well as new blood vessel formation. Besides PDGF, platelets also contain fibroblast, transforming growth factor beta, insulin-like growth factor 1 & 2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and epidermal growth factor. All of these elements work very well in areas with a poor blood supply that may not heal well from the body’s natural healing process.
Many athletes suffer from Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Posterior Tibial tendonitis. These injuries become chronic as a result of microscopic tearing of the tendon, the formation of scarring tissue and poor blood supply to the region. Given the following restrictions, the body cannot heal itself. With the help of additional healing and growth factors via the PRP injection, however, the recovery time is greatly enhanced.
Successful treatment of injured athletes undergoing PRP therapy include: Hines Ward, Kobe Bryant, Troy Polamalu and Tiger Woods. The procedure can be performed in an office setting with little or no down time at all.