Regenerative medicine includes therapies such as prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, and stem cells. Regenerative Treatments may prove to be the best alternative for some to traditional treatment or even surgery. If you are suffering from pain, come to EMA Puget Sound for expert consultation with a platelet rich therapy professional. Learn more about quality regenerative treatments, and find out if they are right for you.
Whether you are a competitive athlete with a recurring condition, a weekend warrior suffering a sudden injury, or a fitness enthusiast who endures chronic pain, EMA Puget Sound physicians can help with PRP treatment at our location in Tacoma, WA
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is your own blood, which is drawn in our office and then processed to create a super-physiologic concentration of your own plasma, platelets and growth factors in order to help facilitate your own healing process. The concentrated platelets and growth factors found in platelet rich plasma contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process resulting in new collagen formation. Platelet rich plasma is often combined with needle guidance to ensure the proper placement to the specific pathologic tissue or joint.
This is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure performed in our outpatient office that does not require any significant time off for the patient. The concentrated platelets promote the natural healing of damaged ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Platelet Rich Plasma injections (or PRP injections) can help regenerate and repair injured or torn muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage in knees, shoulders, ankles, hips and even the spine or low back.
Platelets play a central role in blood clotting and wound healing. Tissue repair begins with clot formation and platelet degranulation, which releases the growth factors necessary for wound
repair. Platelet-derived growth factors are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms.
After platelets are activated at a wound site, proteins are released that directly and indirectly influence virtually all aspects of the wound healing cascade. Studies have shown a direct correlation between the platelet concentration and the level of secretory proteins, as well as the amount of proliferation involved in the wound healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma injections are as natural as it gets, because it is the plasma from your own drawn blood. After the blood is drawn it is spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. This plasma is rich in your own platelets. At 6-8 times their natural concentration, the growth factors and nutrient-rich platelets are then injected under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance back into a patient’s problem area. Significant improvements in function and reduction of pain have been seen.
Platelet Rich Plasma injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery. Whether you are an elite athlete or a “Weekend Warrior,” regenerative therapies including PRP are safe and effective nonsurgical therapies designed to treat some types of chronic pain.
Platelet rich plasma has been gaining popularity amongst many famous athletes who have used it for various musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery in the past. Some athletes have credited platelet rich plasma with their being able to return more quickly to competition. In fact, many patients or athletes that have failed steroid injection or even surgical procedures turn to platelet rich plasma injections.
Platelet rich plasma therapy can be considered in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, including but not limited to:
Prolotherapy, or ligament reconstructive therapy, is a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain, injury and arthritis. Common problems treated with Prolotherapy include joint laxity, arthritis, TMJ dysfunction, chronic neck and back pain, shoulder injuries, injuries to the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles, and whiplash-type motor vehicle accident injuries.
Prolotherapy targets the joint, ligaments and tendons that are weakened and stretched out from injury or aging. This stimulation of the body’s healing mechanism helps to restore strength and integrity to the damaged area. The procedure involves injecting a solution into the damaged joint, ligament or tendon. This stimulates the body and starts the healing process. With Prolotherapy, the pain is NOT covered up. The injury and source of the pain is healed.
At EMA, we promise to treat you with the utmost dignity and respect. Our goal is to help you recover from you injury so that you can get the most out of life. Talk to one of our platelet rich therapy professionals today and find out if this treatment program will work for you.
We are dedicated to maximizing the functioning potential of every patient by employing state-of-the-art rehabilitation techniques. Contact our office today and find out more about platelet rich therapy.