Our blood is primarily plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are known for their role in clotting, but they also contain important growth factors, chemokines, and nourishing nutrients that play an important role in repairing and regenerating tissues that are injured. Their central role in healing is one reason platelets cluster together at the site of the wound immediately following injury.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood that’s been spun down to concentrate the platelet count beyond what’s available naturally in our blood.
RMRM uses its own proven and proprietary methodology for concentrating PRP at a level several times higher than other commonly practiced techniques.
Nagging injuries can be annoying to devastating, depending on severity. Conventional recovery requires MONTHS of rest, rehab, medications, and even surgery. PRP therapy is less invasive than surgery and a much better long-term solution to medications so you can get back to the sport you love and life as usual.
What to expect during a PRP session? Blood is drawn from an arm-vein into a series of syringes. Over the course of about an hour, platelets and growth factors made especially for you are then isolated and concentrated into PRP. Using image-guidance which may include ultrasound or fluoroscopy, we then inject your PRP into the injured area. If sedation is required to assist with the injection, we of course would discuss that with you beforehand and make sure all your questions are answered. From start to finish, a typical PRP therapy session can take 1-3 hours. Most clients return to work the same day, and ease back to activity over the ensuing several weeks.
What types of injuries stand to benefit from PRP therapy? If the injury is not severe enough to warrant stem cell therapy or it’s not otherwise desired, but the goal remains avoidance of surgery or taking medications to mask the symptoms, then PRP therapy should be given serious consideration. Musculoskeletal injuries that have responded well to PRP therapy include:
- Tendon tears
- Muscle injuries
- Cartilage Injuries
- Ligament Injuries
- Labrum injuries
- Achilles tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Knee injuries