Friday, May 13, 2011

Regenerative Injection Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment

If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution.  The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues.

Tendons and ligaments are responsible for providing motion across joints and stabilizing these joints. With chronic repetitive use, our tendons and ligaments are susceptible to injury. Because they have a relatively poor blood supply the healing process can be difficult. Eventually, small tears occur. This is referred to as tendinosis.

Traditionally, anti-inflammatory medication has been used to tendon and ligament pathology. Once the injury has progressed to the stage of tendinosis these medications are often ineffective. In addition, prolonged use of these medications is not without side effects. Cortisone injections have a potent anti-inflammatory effect and can provide considerable relief. However, they do not provide long term healing and repeated use of cortisone can actually further weaken tendons and ligaments.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an effective treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain huge reservoirs of growth factors that promote and accelerate the healing process.

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