Sports Medicine: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment Options For Knee Pain, If You Are Having Trouble Walking Or Athletic Injuries...
What if I told you it’s possible to avoid surgery just by getting an injection? The Fountain Clinic uses platelet rich plasma. (PRP) The PRP procedure is safe and effective. It can help treat the cause of knee pain much more quickly than traditional surgeries. PRP is relatively new technology. Most patients will feel relief within a few weeks. It is typically a two-month healing time.
Platelet derived growth factors have had extensive use and are safe. Athletes have benefited, veterinarians have used them to help the knees of race horses, the NFL uses PRP to help athletes get back on their feet. Even dentists use PRP for oral surgery.
Dr. Curt Birchall, M.D. at the The Fountain Clinic has injected platelet rich plasma for six years. Professional athletes often have PRP therapy, and so can you!
Most patients walk out of our clinic after the procedure and are back to exercising within 3-4 days. This procedure can also be used for shoulder pain and knees, hips, legs, ankle sprains, tendon injuries , ligaments and muscles. PRP has proven to accelerate healing time by as much as 50%!
How Does PRP Work?
Platelets release healing properties called growth factors. PRP is concentrated plasma that contains growth factors and platelets. PRP increases the concentration of growth factors. It is the high concentration of growth factors that accelerate healing.
Blood is drawn from the arm, then centrifuged for fifteen minutes. PRP is separated from the rest of the blood sample and placed into a syringe. The PRP is activated, then injected into the injured area. Many patients see significant improvement after one treatment! Sometimes a second teatment is required for optimal results.
Numerous studies have been done on PRP and the future of PRP procedures continues to grow. If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods or medicine have not worked, PRP therapy may be the solution instead of surgery. It will also help to heal tissue and help prevent further degeneration of the tissues.