PRP Therapy is a cutting edge treatment that is fast becoming the treatment of choice amongst professional athletes and patients seeking speedy recovery from conditions such as tendonosis; bone, cartilage, meniscus, muscle, tendon and ligament strains, sprains and tears including rotator cuff patella, ACL and so forth; plantar fasciitis and other musculoskeletal complaints that may not be responding to more traditional treatments.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) a.k.a. autologous blood concentrate (APC) is obtained from the patient via blood withdrawal and centrifuge, which isolates the PRP in concentrated form. This concentrated, specialized blood cell solution is then administered via injection to the site of the complaint, where it significantly accelerates healing in a way that is both swift and sustainable.
Due to it’s regenerative and non-invasive nature, as well as the fact the treatment essentially involves a speeding up of the body’s own healing process, more and more patients and practitioners are actually considering this approach before turning to conservative or more drastic approaches.
Rich with bioactive proteins, this PRP has the ability to diminish pain, spur the tissue regeneration necessary to form new blood vessels and soft tissue and dramatically accelerate healing.
This is what makes PRP treatment an invaluable tool in overcoming bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament complaints and various other connective or soft tissue injuries which would usually require extended healing time.
Once injected into the affected area, the PRP stimulates the relevant tissues, triggering acceleration of the body’s own healing cascade. Where PRP is administered to stimulate injured tendons or ligaments, for example, inflammation will be induced, along with the development of collagen in the area; when the collagen matures, the associated tendons or ligaments will be tightened and significantly strengthened.
Given that the entire process of phlebotomy and centrifuge (In order to isolate the PRP concentrate) generally takes less than 15 minutes and, once the product is administered, increases the platelet concentration and regenerative potential in the affected area by approximately 500%, it stands to reason that this effective stimulation of the body’s own healing mechanism is becoming the treatment of choice amongst athletes and active individuals keen to get back on their game in short order.
Whenever a needle is placed anywhere in the body, even something as simple as getting blood drawn, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage; while these complications are rare, it’s essential that you be made aware of these risks and remain vigilant.
The phlebotomy is privately paid with the image guided injection covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. Please call our colleagues, Orthopedic Surgery Associates, for further pricing information.