Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy | PRP therapy
Thrive Health Systems offers Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy, a revolutionary new non-invasive treatment that relieves pain and promotes long lasting healing of bone, muscle, and joint conditions.
What is is PRP therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a cutting edge procedure that uses components of the body’s own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process in certain conditions.
The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump start the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process accelerates the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets through a simple injection.
PRP therapy provides effective pain relief and faster healing than surgery. By treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition becomes irreversible, PRP therapy can eliminate
the need for surgery. It may also be used as a treatment for people who are not candidates for surgery. And because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
What does PRP therapy treat?
PRP therapy is a rapidly emerging technique that is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder, and spine. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative bone disease that causes loss of mobility, chronic pain, and stiffness. Over 21 million Americans are affected by this debilitating disease.
In addition, PRP therapy has been shown to decrease the pain associated with acute and chronic tendon and ligament injuries such as partial tears, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, tendonitis, strains and sprains.
Advantages of PlateletRich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
There are several reasons why osteoarthritis patients might consider plateletrich plasma injections:
Plateletrich plasma is autologous, meaning it comes from the patient’s body, so it is natural and the injections carry few risks.
Other treatments for mild to moderate osteoarthritis can be unreliable or vary from person to person, and some have side effects or drawbacks: Physical Therapy and/or Weight Loss can often improve but not always eliminate symptoms. Cortisone injections are proven to reduce osteoarthritis pain, but repeated injections can weaken
ligaments and tendons over time, and may have a detrimental effect
on healthy cartilage. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (or NSAIDS) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can reduce pain, but long-term use can aggravate stomach problems, blood pressure and heart problems and even causes approximately 16,500 deaths a year. Minor surgeries to treat osteoarthritis, such as arthroscopic debridement, have mixed results, and may be no better than placebo. Joint replacement surgeries are major surgeries that require longterm rehabilitation, and should be reserved for more debilitating cases of arthritis.
What do PRP injections involve?
PRP injections are a much simpler procedure than surgery. Performed as a short in-office procedure, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and spun at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury. No stitches are necessary because only a needle is used.
The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
Up to three injections may be given within a six month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as healing progresses. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process.
Our practitioners have received advanced training in PRP therapy and are thrilled to introduce this treatment option. For long-term pain relief and healing without surgery, click here to request an appointment online and find out if you are a candidate for PRP.
At this time, Thrive only offers PRP therapy in Atlanta