REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is the new way to treat pain. It uses platelet-rich plasma or stem cells to amplify our natural healing process in the places it is needed most in order to restore the structure and function of damaged tissues and organs.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Blood is made of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets are known to be responsible for blood clotting and initiate healing. In the last 20 years we have learned that when platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors.

There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. After increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we can deliver a concentrated dose of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery.

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How is a PRP Procedure Performed?

By using your own blood, specially prepared platelets are re-injected into the treatment area. The platelets release “growth factors” that lead to tissue healing by concentrating the platelets:

  • Increase the release of growth factors
  • Promote the growth of collagen and elastin
  • Allow healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and joints.

PRP is then injected into the desired areas, leading to a local desired inflammatory reaction that causes the formation and deposition of new collagen and controlled healing from active biological proteins that are found in white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The new collagen matures, tightens, heals, and strengthens the damaged tissues.

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy FAQ

This treatment takes place in any of our clinics (see location page as our clinic list grows). Total time is less than an hour and you’ll be able to continue your day immediately following care.  Do not take any anti-inflammatory, vitamins/supplements, or alcohol one week prior to the injection and for one week after as this may limit the treatment benefits, and avoid wearing makeup for your treatment.

Although uncommon, the risks include those signs/symptoms associated with an injection including

  • swelling at the injection site 
  • temporary increased pain & stiffness of injected area
  • mild pain at the injection site or area injected.
  • Infection
  • blood clot
  • nerve injury
  • skin discoloration 
  • calcification 
  • scarring
  • loss of fat to the area and allergic reaction

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