PRP – or Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy – is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure in which doctors extract your own blood’s natural healing properties to rebuild damaged cartilage or tendons. This safe and effective therapy has proven successful not only in relieving pain, but jump-starting the body’s organic healing process. The process of PRP involves centrifuging your own blood until only a concentrated mix of plasma and growth factors remain. For those who don’t know about the wondrous properties of plasma, know that it contains healing components, including platelets, which promote clotting; and human growth factors, which are proteins that promote healing for injuries. This mixture is injected directly into the injured tissues, where it basically overtakes the damaged and injured area and regenerate healthy tissue, starting a healing cascade.
Professional athletes like Raphael Nadal and Tiger Woods are increasingly turning to PRP to get them back in the game. But what about you? Are you a candidate for PRP therapy?
An Effective Alternative to Surgery
Most patients will find PRP an effective and welcome alternative to surgery. PRP may be right for you if –
- Physical therapy and routine protocols such as rest, ice and physical therapy have not worked.
- You are sensitive to, or prefer not to take, anti-inflammatory medications.
- Steroid injections have not worked, or you would prefer to avoid them.
When might you not be a good candidate for PRP?
PRP is a safe, non-invasive treatment and therapy option for most people, but not everyone. Tell your doctor if you have now or have had any of the following –
- Cancer that has not been in remission for at least five years,
- Any other malignancies of the blood such as anemia; or blood-borne diseases, to include HIV.
- Current or recent infections or inflammations,
- Under treatment for blood thinners such as Coumadin and/or
- Have cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease.
Additionally, those with severe cases of tendinosis, or whose injuries have progressed to more serious stages, may not be candidates for PRP and would be better advised to seek surgical methods. Pregnant women, and those who are currently receiving anticoagulation therapies, should not try PRP therapies. Plus, PRP injections are not recommended for the most severe cases of osteoarthritis.
The board-certified physiatrists at STAR Spine & Sport utilize a variety of regenerative methods including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, stem cell therapy including mesenchymal (MSC), and prolotherapy. STAR Spine & Sport is proud to offer their patients favorable options for rapid pain relief without the long recuperation periods and scarring of surgery. If you’re experiencing discomfort due to rotator cuff tears, golfer’s elbow, or any other type of tendonitis, it’s time to discover what PRP can do for you. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, call STAR Spine & Sport today at 303-238-4277.