Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections can help relieve chronic pain and heal damaged tissue. Platelets are blood structures that are essential to clotting and wound healing. Without platelets, tissue repair cannot take place. They’re tiny little particles that play a big role in healing.

So what do platelets have to do with chronic pain? Platelets release growth factors, substances in the body that stimulate cell growth and division. Your body naturally produces growth factors in response to injury, and those growth factors influence nearly every stage of wound healing. High density platelet-rich plasma injections have been known to promote healing at the site of the injury or diseased tissue.

With high density platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, we concentrate platelets, sometimes as high as 5 to 10 times richer than typical blood, with the result being an extremely high amount of growth factors. Through PRP injections, we can send those growth factors directly to the site of an injury that has failed to fully heal.

To prepare for a PRP injection, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells during a process called centrifugation. The concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood for reinjection into the damaged area.

Prolotherapy

High density platelet-rich plasma is a form of prolotherapy, where a substance is injected into the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. There are many types of substances that have been known to boost healing or reduce pain. High density platelet-rich plasma does just that, with the added healing power of super-concentrated growth factors from your own blood.

If we determine PRP will be beneficial to your injury, you will typically have an exam very four to six weeks; depending on the area injured and you can expect one to two injections.

PRP has been shown to be effective in the treatment of soft-tissue injuries, including sprains, strains, tendinopathy, tendinosis, muscle fibrosis and joint capsular laxity. High density platelet-rich plasma is also used successfully to treat joint inflammation, meniscal injury, arthritis, articular cartilage defects and arthrofibrosis.

Injury and chronic pain don’t have to be a way of life. Prolotherapy with high density platelet-rich plasma can be the treatment you need to start your recovery process.

Dr. Payson Flattery is known throughout the Central Oregon region as the expert in regenerative medicine and prolotherapy using high density platelet-rich plasma. Call today for a consultation.

Typical Conditions Treated by Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

  • Chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow or repetitive stress conditions
  • Sports Injuries of the ligaments and muscles
  • Healing after surgery for rotator cuff and ACL tears
  • Joint Arthritis

 

 

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