Platelet Rich Plasma TreatmentIf you’re suffering from joint or spine pain, consider next-generation innovative treatment options from Praxis to reduce pain and help you return to activity.
The Alternative To Surgery
Your body is full of living cells, some that act as repairmen of the body. As we age or get injured, we sometimes can’t get enough of these critical repair cells to the area. Praxis PRP Treatments work to increase the concentration of your body’s own healing agents and stimulate the natural healing response in your injured or degenerative area.
Patients benefit from less downtime, less pain, and faster recovery than invasive surgical procedures.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP for short, is a biologic therapy using a concentration of an individual’s own (autologous) platelets.
The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury (ligaments and tendons) is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump-start the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process accelerates the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets through a simple injection. It provides effective pain relief and faster healing, and it can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery.
The team at Praxis use a specialized centrifuge to spin your blood for separating and concentrating platelets and growth factors. There is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection because only your own blood components are used. When the PRP is prepared, we will then inject the PRP precisely into the injured area between tightly packed collagen fibers. Once injected into the area of injury, the platelets and growth factors are activated and recruit other healing proteins to heal and regenerate tissue.
Why use PRP?
PRP treatments have shown promising results in:
- Ankle sprains
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Ligament sprains
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis)
- Tennis elbow
Contrasted to the use of steroids and NSAIDs that can increase one’s risk for cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, or kidney disease, PRP is also a compelling treatment for arthritis.
Is PRP Safe?
Although no therapy is without risk, PRP is very safe for most people. Because PRP is derived from one’s own blood, there is no risk for allergic reaction or transfer of communicable disease from another donor. Individuals allergic to local anesthetics may receive PRP without the anesthetic. Anytime the surface of the skin is broken, there is a potential for infection however the real risk of this happening during a PRP injection is extremely low as aseptic techniques are used and PRP confers antimicrobial effects.
Mild to moderate swelling is not unusual and typically resolves 72 hours after a PRP injection. This is not an adverse reaction but rather a sign that the immune system has been activated.
Who could benefit from PRP & who is not a good candidate for PRP
Patients with soft tissue injuries including tendonitis, tendonosis, partial ligament tears (sprains), muscle tears, and osteoarthritis are the primary beneficiaries of PRP. Less common uses for PRP include hair growth stimulation and reduced scarring with wound healing. To undergo a PRP injection, patients should have normal blood counts (RBCs, WBCs, Platelets), normal immune function, and not be actively using anti-inflammatory medications. Factors that may reduce a response to PRP include use of immune modulating medications, inadequately controlled diabetes, excessive alcohol use, and the age of an injury.