Platelets are special blood cell fragments that are rich in tissue growth factors. When you sustain an injury, platelets localized to the site of injury and release these growth factors to start the healing process. Platelets can be obtained from one’s own blood, concentrated and then injected into an injured muscle, ligament, joint or into the spine. This type of injection therapy can accelerate or reinvigorate healing, in part by stimulating new collagen/tissue production. The end result is stronger tissue, reduced pain and improved function for New York City patients.
In recent years, the research validating the safety and efficacy of PRP treatments has increased exponentially. PRP has been proven effective for a variety of spine and orthopedic conditions that have failed other treatments, including: rotator cuff tears, labral tears, degenerative discs, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee sprains, meniscal tears, ACL sprains, arthritic joints, plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains. Platelet rich plasma has also been found in some studies to STOP the progression of arthritis. Many professional athletes have been successfully treated with PRP for their injuries including Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods.
PRP can be performed in the New York City office usually with ultrasound or x-ray guidance. Blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge that separates the platelets from the red blood cells. The concentrated platelets are then used for treatment. The injured area is first anesthetized with an anesthetic before the actual injection is performed. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
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