What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP,” is a volume of fractionated plasma taken from your own blood. We draw a few tubes of blood, spin it with a centrifuge, and separate the portion which contains concentrated platelets. These are then injected into your diseased joints to promote tissue repair and accelerated healing.
How Does it Work?
Your blood’s platelets contain alpha granules that are rich in several growth factors—such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor-β, insulin-like growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor and epidermal growth factor.
What are these and what do they mean? These chemicals play a variety of key roles in tissue repair mechanisms. PRP has been found to enhance bone and soft-tissue healing by placing supra-physiological concentrations of platelets at the site of tissue damage. The platelets from your blood can be used to help regenerate your damaged tissues. If those tissues were causing you pain, that means you can reduce or resolve your pain by using a substance from your own body.
New research tells us that platelets may actually exert a lot of their effect by activating resident stem cells (cells that are already in the area injected into), as well as signalling stem cells in your blood to travel to that damaged area.
When to Consider PRP
There is a time and a place for regenerative injection therapies. In my professional opinion, regenerative injections are best indicated when less invasive therapies such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, and myofascial manipulation are not enough or are no longer providing lasting results.
When non-surgical procedures are exhausted, we use minimally-invasive injection therapies using PRP procedures to allow our patients the fastest return to their functional activity and the sports and activities of daily living that they love.
For example, in knee osteoarthritis, PRP injections aim to promote cartilage repair and relieve symptoms of osteoarthrits, potentially delaying the need for joint replacement surgery.
In addition, we offer care for problems affecting most major joints whether due to injury or degenerative disorder.
Shoulder pain and instability/frozen shoulder
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Hamstring and hip strains
Knee sprains and instability
Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis
Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
Nerve entrapment such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Is PRP right for you?
If you’re deciding if PRP therapy is right for you, you can schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with me to discuss your treatment options and pricing.
The regenerative capacity of the human body is astounding! Before you give up on your joints and settle for chronic joint pain, why not use your own body’s healing properties and give platelet rich plasma a try? It’s minimally invasive and may result in lasting results with just 3 treatments.
Dr. Jillian Shannon is SFNM's newest doctor. She has a general naturopathic practice and specializes in regenerative medicine including BHRT, joint injections and IV therapies. She has been working closely with other practitioners specializing in functional endocrinology and anti-aging medicine with the use of stem cells, ozone, and PRP. She is available full time at SFNM and is accepting new patients.