Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) : A new approach for healing tendon, ligament injuries and osteoarthritis:
Pedro Toweh, M.D.
Oaklawn Medical Group-Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon, ligament injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting patient’s to significant risk. The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal.
PRP technology was initially developed 20+ years ago to aide with wound healing and blood loss. Its benefits are now being applied towards the facilitation of healing tendons, ligaments and cartilage. In fact, PRP has been widely used for years in Europe to treat various tendon injuries.
Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected area under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that promote healing of tendons, ligaments and cartilage. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself. By re-injecting concentrated platelets we are facilitating the natural healing process. For most patients, PRP offers a solid, alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery. The PRP injection takes about an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis.
• Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
• Knee Tendonitis
• Rotator cuff tears
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Plantar Fasciitis
• DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Ankle sprains, strains, instability
• Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in November 2009 showed that over 90% of patients with tennis elbow were “completely satisfied” with the results of their PRP treatments and avoided surgery.