Platelet-rich plasma treatments are a newer form of regenerative medicine that uses a patients’ own blood to promote tissue growth and repair. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment has been commonly used amongst world-class athletes to recover from sports injuries. Longview Orthopedic Clinic is proud to offer this therapy more widely for the people of East Texas.
PRP is autologous, which means that it comes from patients themselves. It’s derived from the blood. Plasma is the liquid medium that serves as a vessel for red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, also called thrombocytes, which are blood cells that promote clotting and are instrumental to regenerating tissue.
PRP is created from the patients’ blood, which is drawn when they arrive for their treatment. The blood is put into a centrifuge, which spins incredibly quickly and separates the plasma and platelets from the other parts of the blood.
This resulting plasma is rich in cytokines, growth factors, and platelets.
PRP therapy involves one or more injections of PRP into an area with acutely damaged or degraded tissues. Because PRP includes anti-inflammatories like cytokines, these injections help promote tissue regeneration while alleviating pain.
Platelets also attract stem cells. Stem cells are like cellular building blocks, and the body uses them to create other tissues, like cartilage, bone marrow, and other soft tissues. Doctors believe that stem cells in a localized area can help promote cellular regrowth, healing, and pain relief.
Platelet-rich plasma injections use the body’s own healing processes to encourage faster, more thorough healing. Because PRP injections contain concentrated platelets, cytokines, and growth factors, it encourages the soft tissue cells around the injection site to regenerate. The new cells help alleviate pain and increase mobility, which may help patients avoid costly surgical procedures.
PRP injections are commonly used alongside other treatments. They’ve been used during surgery for quite a long time, but more recently orthopedists have begun using them alongside amniotic fluid injections to further boost their efficacy.
Because platelet-rich plasma boosts the body’s natural healing abilities, it’s being used for both degenerative conditions and acute injuries like:
Most insurance companies classify platelet-rich plasma treatment as an experimental therapy and choose not to cover it. Longview Orthopedic Clinic only offers platelet-rich plasma treatments on a cash basis. However, we offer our services at a fraction of the rate that other clinics do.
If you have questions about PRP or if you’re wondering if you are a good candidate for this regenerative therapy, contact Longview Orthopedic and schedule a consultation.