Learn the basics of PRP with Dr. Goddard
Ever wish you had a secret formula that would make aches and pains disappear? You do! Harness the healing power of your own blood.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the use of localized injections with a concentrated dose of your own platelets, proteins, and growth factors extracted from your own blood. When injected directly to injured ligaments or tendons, PRP activates the body’s innate repair mechanisms.
Our body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver cells called platelets, a component of blood. Platelets are packed with growth and healing factors that initiate the repair process and recruit the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy intensifies the body’s healing efforts by delivering an even higher concentration of platelets to the injured area.
We draw a sample of your own blood (similar to that of a lab test sample) and place it in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the highly concentrated platelets from the other blood components. At the Osteopathic Center, we use the latest technology – performing this process several times to guarantee maximum quality of concentrated plasma that will be delivered to the injured area.
This concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected into and around the point of injury. With the aid of ultrasound technology and a unique injection technique, we are able to deliver these healing factors quickly and accurately to the injured area, effectively jump-starting and dramatically improving the body’s natural healing process. Since your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
The procedure takes one to two hours including preparation and recovery time. Most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. PRP therapy has been shown via ultrasound and MRI imaging to produce definitive tissue repair.
Conditions typically treated with PRP therapy
Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about how the benefits of PRP may apply to your individual situation.