Activated PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Mesa, and Chandler by highly skilled and trained licensed doctors.
History of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet rich plasma has a long history in medicine and research but has not gained much attention until now. The term platelet rich plasma (PRP) was first coined in the 1970’s by Hematologists who had concentrated platelets down from whole blood. They were looking at possible treatments for patients who lacked enough platelets in their bodies. Later, Dentists began looking into PRP for increasing the effectiveness of maxillofacial surgeries and root canals. This application took hold, expanded, and now is quite common in the field of Dentistry.
Around the early 2000’s, platelet rich plasma began to gain momentum within orthopedic and sports medicine. PRP was being utilized for bone grafts, fractures, tendon injuries, ligament injuries, and other connective tissue conditions. Professional athletes began using PRP to help them heal from sports injuries and return to action faster. In 2008, wide receiver Hines Ward openly endorsed PRP and credited it with helping him return from injury so he could play in and win the Super Bowl. This was the tipping point in platelet rich plasma and sparked public intrigue as well as expanded medical research into the benefits of the therapy. To date, many professional athletes now use PRP for musculoskeletal injuries. The list includes; Hines Ward, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Rafael Nadal, Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, Tyron Woodley and Luke Rockhold to name a few.
Activated vs Unactivated PRP
Activated PRP means a cellular activating agent was added into solution prior to injection. The activating agent stimulates the platelets to release all of their growth factors and in a much quicker time frame. This is important because the growth factors are the main drivers of the healing effect and are important in cellular recruitment. Inactivated PRP has the potential to active inside the body at the injection site. This happens when there is collagen present at the injection site, but collagen does not always achieve full activation. Depending on the bodies innate activation after the injection can risk effectiveness of the treatment and increase the probability of solution dispersion. Basically meaning, inactivated platelet rich plasma is not as strong at healing and moves around more after injecting it into the targeted area.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma
- Pain Relief
- Minimal Downtime
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
- Improves Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your Natural Growth Factors / Cells
Conditions Treated with Activated PRP
- Knee Pain / Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Hip Pain
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
At Atlas Health Medical Group, we pride ourselves on your comprehensive regenerative medicine PRP treatments. We are constantly staying up to date on medical research in platelet rich plasma. This has allowed us to become the leading PRP clinic in Gilbert, AZ. Our activated PRP treatments provide superior clinic results for many musculoskeletal injuries compared to inactivated PRP or conventional treatments in certain cases. For more information about Regenerative Injection Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Naturopathic pain management, or our Gilbert, AZ location, please contact us at: 480-648-1534
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