You may have heard about Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, and race horses using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to avoid surgery or speed recovery. Elite athletes may have put PRP on the map, but it’s a beneficial therapy for anyone with joint pain caused by injury, overuse, or arthritis.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy work?
Preparation of PRP is a simple procedure that can be performed in an office or outpatient setting. The clinician draws a small volume of your blood at the time of treatment. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then further centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and hence your natural growth factors. The PRP is then available for your clinician to use as needed. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and adds no extra time to the procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrated sample of your own blood composed primarily of high levels of platelets. Platelets are a critical component of the wound healing process. Importantly, platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. Mcyte PRP delivers a concentration of platelets and growth factors that is roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood.
Why Use PRP?
For pain in the shoulders, hips, knees, vertebrae, and other joints I mostly use acupuncture, natural anti-inflammatories like fish oil and curcumin, glucosamine chondroiton to help rebuild cartilage, and topical analgesics, PEMF, Prolozone, cold laser and microcurrent for pain relief. When these effective treatments are not enough I often recommend PRP, a minimally invasive regenerative medicine therapy that actually repair and restore damaged and degenerated tissues.
What are Growth Factors?
Growth factors are necessary to initiate tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process. The highly concentrated level of growth factors found in Mcyte PRP may optimize conditions for healing.
Am I a candidate for PRP Therapy?
The use of PRP is considered by many to be a “new frontier” of regenerative therapy. Since clinical studies have shown that PRP can be used in many types of procedures for a wide range of patients, you should discuss your specific treatment with your doctor.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Benson contact her office at 505-986-1089.