What Is (PRP) Therapy And How Does It Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions by using the platelets and growth factors from your own blood to stimulate new cell growth and enhance the body’s own healing response to treat acute injury, inflammation or chronic degenerative disease.
Is PRP Right For Me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. Dr. Snowball will do a full evaluation to determine if PRP therapy is right for you.
How Is The Treatment Performed?
We will draw a sample of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of red blood cells from your plasma and platelets. The platelet rich plasma is then reinjected to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. Ultrasound guidance is used to assist in the precise placement of PRP.
What Should I Expect Post-Treatment?
There may be soreness at the site of the injection that can last for a few days.
Is PRP Therapy Safe?
Since PRP is prepared from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection, allergic reaction or disease transmission. PRP is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant. This treatment is also not recommended for patients on anti-coagulation treatment, with autoimmune conditions or who have a history of cancer. Your past and present medical history will determine your suitability for PRP Therapy.
Are All PRP Concentrating Devices And PRP Treatments Created Equally?
Dr. Snowball has opted to use the EmCyte™ PRP system which has become a leader in autologous cellular biologics providing patients with the best opportunity for cell regeneration and healing. The EmCyte™ system produces a platelet plasma concentration of 6x to greater than 10x baseline.