Platelet Rich Plasma The What, Why and How’s By Staci Lorimer, Laurie Holmes and Jeff Freshour
What is Platelet Rich Plasma? Treatment done to stimulate healing which involves injection of one's own growth factors into injured areas. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a new treatment used for some common orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries. PRP is a concentration of platelet cells taken from your blood, and these platelets have growth factors that may help in the healing process of chronic injuries. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a healing response. By injecting PRP into areas of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize your body’s ability to heal the chronic conditions.
How is PRP Used? Treatment of tendonopathy Acute and chronic muscle strain Ligament sprains and intra-artiligament sprains and intra-articular injuries Joint pain such as arthritis and knee meniscus damage Bone Regeneration
Additional Uses for PRP Wound Healing in Surgery Cardiac Care Skin Repair After Wounds or Surgery Cosmetic Procedures Disc Regeneration Dental Health
Patients With Orthopedic Injuries Can Be Divided Into Two Types Recent Injuries Sports injuries (ligament and tendon) Chronic Recurring Injuries Tennis Elbow Osteoarthritisin the hip and knee
Allograft: Case Studyby: Dr. James D. Kassolis Dental Implant Study of bone regeneration using Autogenous graft in the Aveolar Ridge Study was comprised of 36 patients needing Aveolar bone regeneration prior to implant placemement. Reports suggest that platelet-rich plasma (PRP), presumably high in levels of peptide growth factors, may enhance the formation of new bone when used in combination with autogenous graft material 89% of these patients were considered clinically successful demonstrating complete bone coverage of the implant, no mobility, and a normal radiographic appearance.
Achilles Tendon: Case Studyby: Dr. Steve Sampson, D.O. 71-year-old male physician who ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing badminton. A musculoskeletal ultrasound was performed identifying major tearing with a few posterior fibers intact of the Achilles tendon. The patient received a platelet rich plasma injection graft under ultrasound guidance approximately 5 weeks following his injury. Initially he experienced some mild ankle swelling after activity, however 3.5 months after treatment he is 99% pain free with no limitations and is exercising without limitations.
Radiographic Before and After Images of Achilles Tendon Treatment With PRP "PRP allowed me as a patient to have 'freedom'. I had ruptured my right Achilles tendon and was unable to drive my automobile. Because of PRP, I was able to speed up my recovery in physical therapy and had the 'freedom' to drive and NOT be a burden to family and friends. I am gratefully indebted to Steve Sampson, D.O."