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What to know about Platelet-rich plasma

PRP therapy

PRP growth factors

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets and growth factors that come from a small amount of a person’s own blood. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair. Platelets were thought of being only responsible for clotting in. It is now proven to be a reservoir of vital healing components with high growth factors that can improve healing and recovery through the signaling and recruitment of cells. 

PRP Treatments

PRP provides treatment to expedite recovery and healing of various diseases, injuries and conditions:

PRP Benefits

  • PRP has less side effects compared to steroid injections
  • Speeds up and promotes healing.
  • Studies showing significant pain relief for osteoarthritis.
  • PRP may produce better outcomes than hyaluronic acid or viscosupplementation
  • Utilizes your own body’s healing potential.
  • Minimal to no down time. 

Stem cell therapy process

For PRP, a small amount of peripheral blood is taken from the patient in the office. The physician separates the platelet rich plasma from the blood and injects it into the treated areas. The procedure is a painless and comfortable process throughout. The local anesthetic shot feels like a sharp sting for couple seconds.

Bone marrow derived MSC

Stem cells or Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) are aspirated from the bone marrow (A high concentration of MSC’s are also in Umbilical cord and the amniotic membrane at the time of labor). After obtaining the appropriate cells from the blood or bone marrow, these cells are placed in a specialized centrifuge to separate the samples into concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) or bone marrow aspirate. Under sterile conditions, the concentrated platelet rich plasma, or bone marrow aspirate, is injected into the joint or tissue.

What are the risks associated with this treatment?

PRP and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) use your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury. Side effects and Risks utilizing these systems are uncommon. For more information on how to prepare for PRP treatment, visit FAQ page.

To learn more how PRP therapy can treat your conditions with pain, call (480)745-7871 to schedule a telemedicine with our certified stem cell physician.