In attempts to help heal wounded tissue, such as torn tendons, muscles, and ligaments, many have turned to platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. The PRP procedure offers a promising solution to accelerate natural healing of tendon injuries and overuse syndromes, such as tendinitis, without subjecting the patient to significant risk. At Mid-America Orthopedics, Dr. Pat Do specializes in platelet rich plasma therapy and is able to deliver this alternative therapy to patients who best benefit from its use. Dr. Do currently specializes in the treatment of the elbow, while Dr. Strickland treats the rest of the body.
The theory behind PRP is to merge cutting-edge technology with the body's own ability to heal itself to treat certain injuries. 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, the combination of many of them accelerates tissue and wound healing. Therefore, after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery.
In more recent years, the use of autologous blood treatments to facilitate healing and regeneration has increased because of the new knowledge of the specific growth factors that platelets release. For two decades, the use of autologous platelet rich plasma has been used safely and effectively throughout many medical fields including orthopedics, sports medicine, dentistry, ENT, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, urology, wound healing, cosmetics, cardiothoracic, and maxillofacial surgery.
To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury which then jumpstarts the body's healing process. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.