Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
in Scottsdale, AZ
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP therapy is non surgical or drug treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. PRP is a type of Regenerative Injection Therapy composed of concentrated growth factors patient's own blood platelets. PRP has been effectively used in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for healing soft tissue injuries both acute and chronic such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, meniscal tears and arthritic joints. Top athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Lewis have all received amazing results and gotten back in the game with a shorter recovery time. Platelet rich plasma has been well studied for safety and effectiveness in peer-reviewed journal studies showing promise across the medical field.
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What do platelets do for pain?
Pain is a signal the body creates to alert you that there is an injury. Platelets are cells that travel in your bloodstream to areas of injury. They serve two main functions:
1. to stop bleeding through clotting mechanisms.
2. to release growth factors that stimulate the tissue repair process.
Once the area is healed, the pain signal typically goes away. Conventional treatments for pain are focused on the symptom of pain and turning it off, whereas PRP is aimed at the root cause: damage to joints and connective tissue, and healing that damage.
How do PRP injections work?
After a blood draw in the office, your blood is spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets. Then a local anesthetic is injected to the area of pain or damage. Finally, the PRP is injected to the site of injury.
Platelets contain various growth factors (see below) that activate and enhance wound healing. At Source of Heath, healing is about the patient and custom-tailored treatments are designed for better outcomes. This is the LEVEL 2 treatment in the Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) family. This means that the reaction in the body can be twice as strong. Not everyone is a candidate for this therapy as the person's healing response may become too intense to tolerate. Dr. Sorr typically recommends beginning with 1-2 treatments of Dextrose Prolotherapy to gauge your healing response.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED:
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Sports injuries
- Sprains & Ligament injuries
- Ligament Laxity, Joint instability & hyper mobility
- Over-manipulation Syndrome
- Low Back pain / Sciatica
- Hip Pain - Arthritis, Bursitis, Labrum Lesions
- Knee pain - Meniscal, ACL, MCL, LCL Tears
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Foot & Ankle Pain - Plantar Fasciitis, Sprains, Morton’s Neuroma
- Neck Pain - Whiplash / Headache / Migraines
- Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Pain & Glenoid Labrum Tears
- Elbow Pain - Golfer's & Tennis Elbow
- Wrist Pain - Carpal Tunnel, Weak or sore wrists
- Hand - Thumb & Finger Pain
Is this a new fad or considered blood doping?
No, the use of platelets to stimulate healing has decades of research and clinical success. PRP was first used in humans during periodontal surgery to speed healing and reduce bleeding. PRP is a concentrated extract of platelets from your own blood. Red blood cells and most of the water are separated. Blood doping is the opposite, adding more red blood cells back into your blood for a competitive advantage in sports.
Regenerative Injection Therapy is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for acute and chronic pain. Regenerative Injection Therapy works by stimulating the body to heal and repair itself. This treats the cause of the pain rather than merely providing symptomatic relief. This series of injections are quick and well tolerated. As the body heals, the pain goes away!
Back pain and joint pain plague over 80% of us and cost billions of dollars in treatments that work very well, often because the treatments themselves are band-aids. Here at Source of Health, our goal of treatment is focused on the cause of your pain!
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