PRP Injection Therapy

Damaged tissue is a major driver in pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, many injuries are poorly rehabbed – leading to a lifetime of dysfunction of the joint and/or soft tissues. Many patients and athletes are becoming aware of these damaged tissues and reaching for new solutions, such as PRP injections.  

So, what exactly is PRP injection?

PRP stands for plasma rich platelets. The plasma is collected from your own serum. Platelets are an essential part of your immune system, and therefore, the healing process. Platelets, in part, are responsible for the inflammatory response after tissue injury. In fact, when you have a wound, platelets initiate the closure of the lesion and may even be able to promote new healthy blood vessels to form at the site of injury.

What makes our office different for PRP injections?

We have always been known to be a bit ‘outside the box’ in our thinking. If you look at the biochemistry of natural healing, proper levels of inflammation are very necessary and beneficial for proper injury recovery.  Inflammation brings oxygen, glucose, and reparative cells to the site of injury to provide the resources necessary for adequate healing. 

Our PRP injection therapy encompasses a 4-part process:

  • Collecting and preparing your OWN PRP sample
  • Myofascial therapy to the area of concern, which prepares the site with inflammation
  • Careful injection of your PRP cocktail
  • Class IV laser treatment- stimulates the cellular energy process, enhancing blood flow and improves healing
We use your plasma for your PRP injections.
When performing PRP injections, we use your own plasma rich platelets for best healing potential.

What else is in a PRP injection?

This is a great question! We often combine ingredients to get you the best results possible with the fewest treatments. Our goal is to get you back to life faster and in the most cost efficient way. We will discuss the different options and together come up with the right cocktail for your specific needs. Some additions may include: dextrose, B-vitamins, and analgesics. This will all be discussed PRIOR to any treatment.

The plasma contains crucial building blocks to promote quick and lasting healing with PRP therapy.

How long does PRP treatment take?

Depending on the injury and status of the patient, therapy can take 5-45 minutes in the office. This does not include the processing of your PRP sample, which can take up to 40 minutes. Please prepare to be in office for a minimum of 90 minutes, unless otherwise instructed by our staff.

What injuries are good candidates for PRP injection therapy?

  • Acute muscle and ligament injuries: PRP therapy is most associated with these types of injuries, as many professional athletes prefer this technique over surgery. 
  • Surgery: PRP has been used in surgeries for ACL tears and torn rotator cuffs to help decrease healing time. 
  • Hip and knee arthritis: While there are many effective treatment options when it comes to hip and knee arthritis, many doctors believe that platelet-rich plasma can be just as – if not more – effective in helping reduce pain and inflammation. 
  • Chronic tendon injuries: When it comes to treating chronic tendon injuries, such as runner’s knee or tennis elbow, PRP has been shown to be one of the most effective treatment options. It has also been used to treat tendonitis and inflammation of the tendons in the knee. 

How do I decide if my injury is a good candidate for PRP?

There are many modalities we use at our office for treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including: manual adjustments, myofascial release technique, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, and muscle work. Consulting with one of our practitioners is the best way to determine which method is appropriate for your injury. If you are a current patient at Gateway Natural Medicine, talk to your attending physician about your options. If you are not an established patient but would like to know more about your options and what we offer, call the office to set up a free 15 minute consultation.