Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Chandler, AZ, Mesa, AZ and Queen Creek, AZ. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new treatment for pain management and continues to be supported by new clinical research in orthopedic and sports medicine. Originally used in Sports Medicine for world class athletes, PRP is now available for all levels of athletes and patients looking for regenerative pain management options. PRP is a highly effective non-surgical and non-opioid pain relief option that pairs synergistically with Naturopathic / Functional medicine to provide superior clinical results. The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and then extracting the platelets from the other components of the blood. Once the platelets are extracted and concentrated, they then can be injected back into the patient at their site of injury or pain.
Common sites of injury and pain are knees, shoulders, SI joint, hips and elbows. At the site of injury there is usually damage to tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. These areas are low in vascularity and thus do not receive much blood flow making them heal slowly. The Platelet Rich Plasma injection increases the local blood flow and also stimulates an immune and healing response in the body. The immune system takes away damaged cells and debris, which primes the area for a new healing response. The PRP then releases growth factors including: platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), platelet-derived epidermal growth factor (PDEGF), platelet-derived angiogenesis factor (PDAF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), keratin growth factor (KGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-?), interleukin 1 β, and interleukin 8 into the area primed for healing. The new localized growth factors then create a healing cascade releasing anti-inflammatory agents and stimulating cellular matrices and cellular division. (1) The biologic effect of these actions helps restore function, which in turn relieves pain.
Benefits of PRP:
- Stimulates Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your Natural Growth Factors
- Pain Relief
- Quicker Recovery Time
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
Athletes that have used Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) include:
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) continues to grow and its applications are spreading into many different areas of medicine including Naturopathic medicine. New research demonstrates Platelet Rich Plasma outperforms many standard of care treatments such as cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections and surgery in some select cases. When dealing with chronic pain, sports injuries or degenerative joints do not settle for temporary band aid fixes when regenerative medicine options such as PRP are now available in Gilbert, AZ. For more information about Atlas Health, Naturopathic Medical Doctors, Regenerative Injection Therapy or for questions please call 480-648-1534