Sometimes injuries exceed the body’s natural ability to heal to our satisfaction. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) offers a concentrated injection of a patient’s own activated platelets and growth factors to accelerate and improve healing. It can be used for skin, muscle, tendon, ligament and joint injuries or degeneration to stimulate healing and tissue regeneration.
Benefits of PRP
- Concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing
- Low risk of rejection because it is derived from a patient’s own blood
- Faster, easier, and more affordable than surgery
- Little to no down time after the procedure
- Widely applicable to acute and chronic injuries and degenerations in nearly all human tissue
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. … These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue.
Surgeons for the NBA recently published a review article on PRP. They reviewed 148 scientific studies using PRP and concluded “There is support for the use of leukocyte-poor platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.”
Tiffanny Blythe, DO / Founder
Dr. Tiffanny Blythe had an early passion for medicine. At Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences she focused on how to care for humans, not simply how to cure diseases. During training at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, she was fortunate to learn from the compassionate, highly-skilled leaders who emphasized prevention, restoration, and wellness.
Dr. Blythe believes that health promotion is not only an effective way to prevent disease, but it also creates a more sustainable healthcare system.
No. Cortisone injections are synthetic corticosteroids that are injected in the joints or areas of soft tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. While they can be helpful, they do not alter the underlying cause (disease process), and thus are not considered curative. PRP involves using the patient’s own blood which contains natural growth factors that promote regeneration of tissue, decreased inflammation, and reversal of degenerative changes.
A consultation, including a comprehensive review of problem areas, medical history and a thorough examination, is required before any treatment may take place. If you are a candidate for PRP, the procedure can often be completed that same day.
While everyone’s pain tolerance varies, patients report a range of discomfort from mild to moderate with PRP injections. Most people are able to resume normal activities within hours of treatment.
Every person and every area is different, depending on the chronicity and extent of your problem. Some patients can successfully be treated with one injection while others require multiple injections spaced eight weeks apart to eliminate or reduce pain to an acceptable level.