Platelets rich plasma therapy (PRP) is one of the newest, most cutting-edge treatments available. Based on the healing power of a patient's own blood, platelets contain growth promoting qualities. When released they naturally promote the healing of tissue and bone cells at the injury site. PRP takes that process a step further by directly introducing an increased quantity of platelets to the site of pain and injury, thus providing a greater concentration of growth promoting factors to spur healing and tissue repair. This procedure has been used by many professional sports teams and leading medical centers.
Human platelets are naturally extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors, injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments and tendons stimulates a natural repair process. But in order to benefits from these natural healing proteins, the platelets must first be concentrated. In other work, PRP recreates and stimulates the bodies natural healing process.
In the surgical center, blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge where the blood is spun down. The platelets are separated from the red blood cells and are concentrated. The red blood cells are discarded, and the resulting platelet concentrate is used for treatment. While the blood is spinning, the patient is either provided local anesthetic (injected) or conscious sedation (via IV). The entire treatment, from blood draw, to solution preparation, to injection, takes approximately 20 minutes.
Some patients respond very well to just one treatment. However, typically 2 treatments are necessary.
After the initial treatment, exercise begins the next day and a follow up visit is scheduled the next week. Usually pain relief occurs within the first week and continues to improve over a period of months.
PRP treatment works best for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including:
PRP is not a band-aid or a “quick fix” but rather a long lasting and potentially permanent reparative process if the area is not overused or re-injured after the treatment series and especially if the patient commits to even a minimal home exercise program with emphasis on core strengthening. The soft tissue cables that connect the bones of the spine together are regenerated in a way, since they have reverted back to a functional healthy length and width that allows them maximum strength balanced with ideal range of motion. The healing process is gradual and progressive, initially subtle during the early phases but usually significant and dramatic by the completion of treatment. More endurances, less pain, and better function will continue to be noticed over time.
Lemper Pain Centers is leading the country in PRP spine therapy. As one of few teams performing this procedure, we are able to offer PRP in the spine.
- Spinal Nerve Inflammation
- Facet Joint Arthritis
- Disc Herniation or Tear
- Interspinous Ligament Sprain