PRP Platelet Rich Plasma therapy

Is PRP right for you?

 

Many of us may remember high profile athletes like Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez going over to Europe to undergo a special type of treatment that was not yet available in the United States.  That treatment included PRP therapy, which is now FDA approved in the US.  Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is blood plasma that is enriched with platelets by a centrifugation process.  The potential benefits of PRP is through the release of growth factors and cytokines (proteins released from blood cells) that have been shown to stimulate healing of soft tissues, muscles, tendons, and bone.

 

PRP is currently being used in the treatment of many common orthopedic conditions to include:

 

Ankle Sprains

Tennis Elbow

Rotator Cuff Tears

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears           kobe bryant injury PRP

Plantar Fasciitis

Tendonitis

Osteoarthritis

Fractures

and more………..

 

How is PRP prepared?

 

A small amount of the patient’s blood is collected and placed in a centrifuge.  The centrifugation process separates out the platelet rich plasma from the blood.  The platelets are then activated causing the release of the growth factors and cytokines which stimulate tissue healing and repair once injected into the injured area.  The entire procedure takes only a few minutes and can be done in the office setting.  Patients can often return to normal activities the same day of treatment.

 

Recent studies on PRP have produced promising results.  Unfortunately, there have not been any definitive studies showing an overwhelming benefit of PRP over more traditional treatments.  We are continuing  to make advancements in biological treatment, in which we use our own cells to treat pathologic conditions.  PRP gives us another treatment option in managing orthopedic problems.  We are hopeful that PRP is just the beginning of things to come in the biological treatment of many medical conditions.

 

Dr Andrew Scott Martin

5546 S Fort Apache Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89148