PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP): Safe and Effective Treatment for Knee Pain

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When PRP is injected into a damaged joint or tissue, it leads to a mild inflammatory process of the surrounding tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, which triggers the healing process.  As a result of this inflammation, new tissue begins to develop. The tissue that is developed can then function like new tissue, which leads to a reduction or even disappearance of symptoms.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from spinning a patient’s blood in a centrifuge at high speeds. This process isolates a concentrated serum of platelets.  These platelets are then activated and re-injected into the body. Once injected in the body the platelets release growth factors and activate stem cells, leading to the healing of injured tissues and new tissue growth.

PRP Procedure: What is the Process of getting a PRP Injection??

  1. Blood is drawn from the arm similarly to a blood draw. 
  2. Using a special PRP centrifuge machine, we spin the tubes of blood. This separates platelets and growth factors from the red and white blood cells.
  3. The platelets are transferred into another tube where a few drops of calcium chloride solution trick the platelets into thinking that they are in the body and the body has been injured. The platelets then release growth factors into the liquid of the tube.
  4. The liquid is transferred into a syringe and injected into the area using a very tiny needle. This distributes the growth factors, releasing the healing power of Platelets. 

The entire procedure of processing the blood and injecting the growth factors usually takes less than 1 hour at our office, and the resulting rejuvenated, healthier tissue can be permanent!!!

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