Advanced healing for sports injuries!
At Cendant Cellular Therapies, we are using Platelet Rich Plasma therapy as a therapeutic option to accelerate the healing of joint, muscle, and tendon injury without subjecting patients to the costs, inconvenience and risks associated with surgery. Many professional athletes, including Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning, have undergone PRP therapy with outstanding results.
Dr. Sampson discusses PRP on “The Doctors” TV show.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP is a patient’s own blood plasma that has been concentrated with platelets. These concentrated and activated platelets contain receptor proteins (growth factors) which trigger stem cells and facilitate the natural processes of healing and regeneration of damaged or injured tissues, ligaments and tendons.
Platelets are critical to natural healing. They are the body’s primary source of bioactive tissue growth factors. The platelets contain many different types of growth factors which together, control and regulate the body’s natural healing process in response to injury and degenerative changes. These concentrated growth factors are then injected at the site of injury where a robust healing response is achieved.
Conditions for Which PRP May be Indicated:
• Meniscal injury or tears
• Shoulder injuries
• Partial tendon tears
While there are conditions for which surgery is definitely indicated, it can often be avoided or at least delayed with PRP therapy.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The PRP procedure begins with a simple blood draw and then spinning the blood in a centrifuge located at our facility. It’s spun at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. These concentrated platelets are then activated when mixed with calcium chloride. This makes the platelets react as if a tissue injury has occurred thereby releasing receptor proteins (growth factors) that trigger stem cells to stimulate the growth of new tissue.
The Patient’s concentrated PRP is then injected into the site of injury. The body’s first response to an injury is to deliver platelets and other components in our blood supply to the injured area. In PRP therapy, a much higher concentration of platelets and growth factors compared to our normal blood supply are injected directly into the injured area boosting the body’s ability to heal and repair tissue. Studies have demonstrated that PRP therapy is associated with a reduction in pain and faster healing, and has decreased risks and costs as compared to surgical alternatives. In addition, because you are using a patient’s own blood, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission.
The entire procedure takes about an hour. Results can be seen as early as two weeks with continued improvement for up to 6 months after treatment.
What determines the outcome of my PRP therapy?
Various factors determine the outcome. Due to the changes in cells as we age, we find that age is directly proportional to the effectiveness of PRP therapy. However, the addition of Extracellular Fiber Matrix can assist cells by providing a rich source of collagen, elastin, fibronectin, and growth factors to support tissue repair and regeneration. Outcome depends on the extent of damage, disease and the location being treated.