PRP is an injection technique that is used to repair and strengthen damaged tissues.  PRP is injected directly into Tendon Tears, Ligament Tears, Cartilage Tears, Muscle Tears and other damaged tissue.  The body then uses its healing powers to repair the injury.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a patient’s own blood platelets enriched plasma that has been taken from an arm vein.  The procedure is easy, fast and safe.   After a tube of blood is drawn, the blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate the layers of blood components.  The PRP concentrate is seen as a beautiful yellow layer.  Then the doctors and nurses carefully transfer the PRP layer into a syringe that is ready for injection by the Pain Doctor. PRP preparation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Details: The typical baseline blood platelet count is approximately 200,000 per µL; therapeutic PRP concentrates the platelets by roughly five-fold to 1 million per µL. PRP is a concentrated source of autologous platelets, contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. The efficacy of certain growth factors in healing various injuries and the concentrations of these growth factors found within PRP are the theoretical basis for the use of PRP in tissue repair.  The platelets collected in PRP are activated by the addition of thrombin and calcium chloride, which induces the release of these factors from alpha granules. The growth factors and other cytokines present in PRP include:[

 

  • Platelet-derived growth factor
  • Transforming growth factor beta
  • Fibroblast growth factor
  • Insulin-like growth factor 1
  • Insulin-like growth factor 2
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor
  • Epidermal growth factor
  • Interleukin 8
  • Keratinocyte growth factor
  • Connective tissue growth factor

 

PRP concentrating techniques may help you heal sooner !

Combining PRP with Amniotic derived Stem cells may also help speed your recovery. Ask the Pain Doctor.

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