Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a rapidly emerging technique that is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative bone disease causing loss of mobility, chronic pain and stiffness and can be quite debilitating for more than 21 million Americans.
PRP therapy is also showing promising results in rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.
A main benefit of PRP therapy is that it provides pain relief and healing and can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery. It may also be used as a treatment for some people that are not candidates for surgery.
PRP therapy is a low-risk non-invasive procedure. It uses the body's own cells and natural biological healing process. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) that is injected into and around the point of injury jumpstarts and significantly strengthens the body's natural healing process.
Recovery with PRP therapy is much faster than with surgery, often by many months. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
Dr. Meadows is offering the revolutionary PRP therapy to patients and has already seen excellent results in patients with chronic problems, shoulder problems, tennis elbow, and knee conditions. Dr. Meadow's interest in PRP therapy demonstrates his commitment to bringing his patients scientifically based modalities that are on the leading-edge of orthopedic medicine. Ask Dr. Meadows if you are a candidate for PRP therapy.
Find out if you are a candidate for PRP therapy. Use our online form to request a consultation with Dr. Meadows or call (561) 496-6622 to schedule your appointment.
PRP injections are a much simpler procedure than surgery. PRP injections are short outpatient procedures. To complete PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and the blood is then spun at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury. No stitches are necessary since just a needle was used.
The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
Up to three injections may be given within a six-month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
The goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing and could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies have shown PRP therapy to be effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal activities and daily lives.
Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
Recent news headlines have featured the amazing results that professional athletes have experienced with PRP therapy. Pro football players Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy after injuries that should have sidelined them for months, and they returned to play in a matter of weeks, winning the Super Bowl. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Takashi Saito received PRP therapy for an elbow condition and returned to play in just a few months, versus up to 14 months that recovery from surgery would have taken. Unprecedented results have also been reported for other professional soccer, baseball, and football players. While PRP therapy is just beginning to become mainstream news, it actually has been around for quite some time.
Although PRP therapy is relatively new to the field of orthopedics, it has been used for more than 20 years in dentistry. PRP therapy has been used to promote healing following jaw reconstruction for patients with cancer. Its use has expanded to other medical specialties, including cardiovascular surgery, sports medicine, urology, cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology. These studies show that recovery time is quicker and the risks are lower with PRP therapy. Researchers are now focused on its use in musculoskeletal injuries.
In the field of orthopedics, PRP therapy has been studied for use in the joints, spine, bone, and tendons. Because the studies have used a small number of participants, larger studies are necessary before the results can be generalized. Researchers are optimistic that after future studies, insurance will cover the procedure, and some speculate that the procedure may become a protocol before surgical treatment.
Find out if you are a candidate for PRP therapy. Call (561) 496-6622 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Meadows or request a consultation online.