Prolotherapy / PRP

NON SURGICAL INJECTION TECHNIQUES FOR PAIN

One of the only centers to combine both prolotherapy and PRP.

+ What are Prolotherapy and PRP therapy used for?
This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, ligament laxity and ligament sprains/strains.  The staff at Wdowin NMD are trained in prolotherapy and PRP therapy and can determine if this advanced, non-surgical treatment is right for you.

+ How do prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy work?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells.  Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells.  PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to an area of the body that blood flow is limited.  The prolotherapy aspect of the injections tricks the body into thinking there has been another damaging event and induces a prolonged healing cascade that recruits more platelets and stem cells to the area for further healing. 

+ How is PRP made and what are the risks? 
To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood 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, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal.  One of the added bonuses of PRP... because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and almost no risk of allergic reaction.

+ What are the potential benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in pain symptoms, joint stability, improved recovery time, and function of the joint or injured area.  These improvements may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function.

+ How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately an hour and this includes preparation of the cells and recovery time. PRP therapy is performed safely at the medical office or Surgery Center and 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.

+ How often is this therapy done?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require 1-3 sets of injections, usually performed three to five weeks apart.  Many of our patients, depending on their age and situation, gain considerable improvement and relief following only a single injection.

+ What are the expected results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results and for many of our patients the therapy can produce results lasting a number of years. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.  Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal 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.

+ Are Prolotherapy and PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution.  Also, if you have an issue and are looking for a non surgical option or to put off surgery as long as possible, the prolotherapy and PRP may be right for you. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery, it will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues.  Best way to know if you are a candidate is to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.