When you have an injury, your goal is to improve as quickly as possible. Rest and ice help, but what if you want to know that your tissues are healing?
Regenerative medicine is just the way to ensure your tissues heal properly. Platelet-rich plasma is one form of regenerative medicine that uses platelets to heal damaged tissues in your body.
At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, Dr. Mark Conliffe adds concentrated PRP to your treatment regimen when you have an injury. Dr. Conliffe is an experienced neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist who uses nonsurgical techniques to get you back on your feet.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a treatment that harnesses your body's healing properties to repair the damage. It's a type of regenerative medicine grouped in the same category as stem cell therapy.
To understand how PRP works, you must know a little about your blood, which is composed of both liquid and solid components. The liquid part is known as plasma. The solid parts are the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Dr. Conliffe uses both your platelets and your plasma in a PRP injection. But why platelets? These cells carry specialized growth proteins that are essential in healing.
Your platelets are the first cells on the scene when you injure yourself, as they are essential in the clotting cascade. They go to work immediately, clotting together to begin healing.
Our team draws a vial of blood from your arm for a PRP injection. They take the vial of blood and put it in a centrifuge machine. The machine spins the blood to separate the plasma and platelets from the other components.
Dr. Conliffe puts the PRP in a syringe and injects it into the area of damage. It takes several weeks to months to heal as the growth proteins continue to work.
In most forms of PRP, a few red and white blood cells exist in the mix. This isn't the end of the world, but it does create a less pure product.
Remember, your platelets contain potent growth factors that are essential in healing. The more platelets in the injection, the more growth factors you have. It would be fortunate if normal centrifuges could concentrate your PRP with five times the normal platelets in your blood.
Dr. Conliffe realizes you're anxious to get better and return to your normal activities. He uses concentrated PRP injections to help your damaged tissues heal.
Concentrated PRP is simply a PRP injection with a much higher amount of platelets. Dr. Conliffe uses a state-of-the-art system to get the most out of the growth factors on your platelets. Concentrated platelets may have up to 10 times the amount of platelets than normal PRP injections.
What’s significant about platelets is that they can work on many different tissues within your body. Their growth proteins are incredibly durable and begin repairing your tissues right away. Our team uses PRP injections for various conditions and injuries.
Dr. Conliffe uses PRP when you have an injury or osteoarthritis. PRP is useful for injuries that involve your muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis are two injuries that benefit from PRP treatment.
If you're having knee pain, Dr. Conliffe may suggest a PRP injection. It's also beneficial when you're suffering from osteoarthritis, a degenerative form of arthritis.
When Dr. Conliffe injects the concentrated PRP into your knee joint, the increased number of platelets and growth proteins work to rebuild tissues damaged from years of wear and tear.
PRP has numerous benefits for injuries and conditions that involve your musculoskeletal system. Dr. Conliffe often uses this treatment with physical medicine to optimize your healing.
To find out if PRP can help you, call the Commonwealth Musculoskeletal team at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe today.