Peak Performance Plus Platelet Rice Plasma Therapy Program
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses the patient’s very own platelets to promote healing and pain relief. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors and have been found to have healing potential.
PRP therapy helps heal injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles. By treating injured tissues before the damage progresses, surgical intervention maybe avoided. Patient’s will notice gradual improvements 2-6 weeks after undergoing PRP therapy. Although patient’s are not required to undergo laser therapy treatment to receive PRP Therapy, studies suggest that combining the two therapies will minimize any discomfort associated with the PRP Therapy and promote faster healing.
PRP Therapy offers a completely natural, safe and effective option for treating pain and injury by harnessing the body’s own unique and superior ability to heal itself.
ABOUT PRP THERAPY
Why Does PRP Work?
Because platelets play a key role in injury healing, PRP seeks to maximize the concentration of platelets while minimizing the concentration of red blood cells. Although often associated with clot formation, platelets provide other beneficial functions as well. For example, they are rich in connective tissue growth factors, which, when introduced to damaged areas of the body such as ligaments, tendons, and joints, can stimulate repairing processes.
However, in order for the platelets restorative functions to be effective, they must be concentrated. This concentration of platelets can be achieved through the techniques used in the PRP process. Platelets are increased nearly 7-10 times the normal blood concentration. Thus, PRP can offer alleviation from ailments affecting tendons, joints, ligaments, and more by stimulating the body’s healing capabilities.
How is PRP Done?
Treatment takes place in the office, where blood is drawn from the patient and entered into a centrifuge. By isolating the red blood cells from the patient’s sample, the centrifuge allows these unwanted cells to be discarded while the platelets and plasma remain in highly concentrated form. This platelet concentrate becomes the basis for the PRP treatment.
To ensure accurate placement of the platelet concentrate, Peak Performance Medical requires PRP injections to take place under direct musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance. This ensures the concentrate will reach the damaged area, maximizing the treatment’s efficacy. In order to prevent any discomfort, the patient’s injection area will be numbed prior to the treatment. Patients can expect the entire procedure to take 30-40 minutes.
How Often are injections Given?
Following a patient’s initial treatment, a follow-up appointment will typically occur 6-8 weeks after the first treatment. Although frequency of injections depends on the patient’s bodily response to the treatment, 2-3 treatments are usually necessary. PRP treatments are, on average, administered every 8-12 weeks.
What Conditions Benefit From PRP?
Effective at treating chronic tendon and ligament sprains or strains, PRP treatment can offer relief from numerous conditions such as:
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness and full-thickness tears
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis & golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Knee arthritis
- Other joint arthritis
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendinosis
- Sprained ankles
- Achilles tendinosis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Sports hernias
- Hip joint arthritis
Do PRP injections Hurt?
Depending on the area of the body being treated, injections can range from painless to moderately uncomfortable. Treatments administered to joints tend to be less painful than those seeking to repair damaged tendons. For example, in the more painful cases, discomfort can last for several days after the injection.
Should discomfort occur following the injection, patients can consult with their physicians about pain medication if needed. With the exception of Tylenol, anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex, and Mobic must be avoided, as they interrupt the body’s healing process.
When Can I Expect to See Improvement?
While improvement can come in many forms, such as a reduction of overall pain, longer periods of pain-free physical activity, or more rapid recovery from pain, most patient’s begin to notice improvements at an average of 4-8 weeks after treatment.
Are There Risks With PRP?
While any type of procedure involving a needle presents the risk for infection, nerve damage, and bleeding, these instances are very rare. Prior to treatment, patients are informed of any possible complications brought on by the treatment. These complications vary depending on the part of the body receiving treatment, and they occur only rarely in patients. There is no chance of an allergic reaction to the treatment, since PRP uses blood from within the patient’s own body.
What is the Success Rate?
Most of the procedures will result in an improvement of 80-85%, although some areas of the body, such as arthritic hip joints, do not respond as readily as others. Meanwhile, some patients experience a complete relief from their pain. Treatment for tendon and ligament injuries is generally permanent, while severe arthritis cases may require a longer treatment duration. These severe cases may require patients to repeat the treatment in 1-3 years, though mild cases typically do not need another round of PRP.
Will PRP Regrow New Cartilage In My Joint?
While some weak evidence suggests that PRP can increase the thickness in cartilage, this is not the main objective of the treatment. PRP’s purpose is to alleviate pain and improve overall function of the affected area. Because arthritis pain is so complex, it involves many more factors than cartilage thickness. PRP strives to address the patient’s pain as a whole, not just focusing on the thickness of the cartilage.
Will PRP Help Me Avoid A Joint Replacement?
PRP has the potential to prevent further decay in patients suffering from mild arthritis. In more severe arthritic cases, however, PRP may only be able to help alleviate pain and restore some function. In patients with extremely advanced arthritic cases or those suffering from additional medical conditions, PRP may not be an effective option for treatment. Thus, in many cases, PRP may help prevent or delay the need for a joint replacement, but its main goal is to reduce pain and improve the functionality of the affected area, which may not be a permanent solution for those with more advanced joint arthritis.