What if you could get off pain medication?What if you could hike that mountain again?Rob, a 61 year-old male, could not squat and stand back up without pain. He walked with a limp. Rob was nearly bone-on-bone in his right knee and had felt he had exhausted his options. He tried steroid injection, gel injections, physical therapy and more. He felt his next step was a knee replacement. Then he heard about platelet-rich plasma.What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
That beautiful red liquid we call blood is also known as plasma. Plasma contains red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. Platelets, commonly known for their ability to form clots, also contain essential proteins rich in growth factors. It is believed that these growth factors speed up the natural healing process.A few vials of your own blood are drawn and put in a centrifuge. A centrifuge in a machine that rapidly spins its contents (your vials of blood) with such force that it separates the liquids particles from most dense to least dense. We spin the blood various times at various speeds. The first spin gets the red blood cells to separate, the last gets the platelets separated. All is done at 18’ Centigrade. We do not allow the viscosity to increase on the platelets. This is then carefully injected in to the injured or degenerative area. Since it is the individuals own blood there is very low risk of side effects.
5 ways PRP can help you1. Tendonitis2. Ligament Sprains
3. Sports Injuries4. Back and Neck Injuries
5. Osteoarthritic joints
And what about Rob?Rob has now had three injections of PRP in his right knee. The most significant thing he has noticed is he no longer feels that painful crunching every time he squats. He has also noticed that he can work out more aggressively, do yoga, go on a hike - all in a few days and not have to recuperate for days in between. Just like he could when he was younger.There are many more applications for platelet rich plasma that can help feel and look younger. If you are interested in getting more information please contact our office.