Some of the many uses of Platelet Rich Plasma include osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, hands, and feet, as well as meniscus tears, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tears.
The procedure is simple and is performed in the office. The PRP process begins when a small amount of the patients blood is removed from the arm and placed into a special container. The blood is then placed into a device called a centrifuge which spins the blood to help the separate the portion of the blood which becomes concentrated with platelets, thereby giving the procedure its name. These platelets are important because they release growth factors to recruit stem cells and to assist in healing an injured area naturally. Once the PRP is isolated, it is injected to the injured area under the guidance of an ultrasound machine to help accelerate healing and reduce pain.
The entire process takes approximately one hour and patients are sent home the same day.
PRP treats many conditions including but not limit to:
- lumbar spine disc pain
rotator cuff injuries
knee, hip and joint pains
carpal tunnel syndrome
Sacroilia joint pain
lumbar and cervical pain and dysfunction