WHAT IS ORTHOBIOLOGIC PRP THERAPY?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an exciting treatment known as “Orthobiologics.”. PRP therapy offers a safe promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon/ ligament injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting the patient to significant risk. The goal is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
If a patient has undergone traditional therapy that failed, PRP therapy may have been used to heal acute and chronic injuries and many times avoid surgery. PRP is used in surgery to both “seal and heal” and may be use after surgery to promote more rapid healing.
Blood is made of RBC (Red Blood Cells), WBC (White Blood Cells), Plasma, and Platelets. Platelets were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting, but in the past 20 years we have learned that when activated in the body, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. Therefore after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery.
While this treatment is still considered experimental it is safe because your healing capable cells are utilized. Non surgical cortisone injections alleviate pain and inflammation for a short time and can cause side effects like calcification of ligaments and tendons. This regenerative procedure restores and heals the injured cells enabling rehabilitation sooner.
This procedure has also been used on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and golf superstar Tiger Woods, AFL star Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and soccer super star Cristiano Ronaldo