Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a cutting edge treatment utilizes your body's own platelets to aid in the natural healing process. Platelets contain special factors called growth factors that can help stimulate repair and healing of damaged tissue leading to decreased pain and symptoms. Because PRP comes from your blood there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
What conditions can be treated with PRP?
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
- Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis).
- Rotator cuff tendonitis.
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Most other cases of tendonitis.
- Patellar tendonitis.
What you should know
While more clinical research is needed, the risks associated with PRP therapy are minimal: There may be increased pain at the injection site, but the incidence of other problems appears to be no different from that associated with cortisone injections.
How does PRP work?
Blood is drawn from a patient into a test tube, and then placed in a centrifuge for a "spin."
Low gravitational force separates the plasma and platelets from the red and white blood cells. The increased concentration of platelets is then combined with the remaining blood.
PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area or inflamed tissue, or by preparing the PRP in a way that allows it to be stitched into torn tissue.
*This service typically requires a self-pay, cash-only payment, however patients are encouraged to contact their health plan to learn if insurance coverage is available.
If you have tried some of the more traditional treatment options and are not ready for surgery, contact Dr. Brad Binsfeld about this new and exciting procedure. For more information call 608.723.2131.