Dr. Wortham and Dr. Brunton's office now have ten years of experience administering PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Heal your injuries with your body's own platelets.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets (the body's healing cells.) The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors, that are vital to tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins directly stimulate the healing of damaged tendons and ligaments.
How does it work?
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and is then placed in a special centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and separates out the platelets and plasma used in PRP. This harvesting process takes 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%. The PRP is then injected into your painful or injured area.
Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury, or joint pain, and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviate further degeneration of the joints. Our doctors will perform an initial evaluation to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
What can be treated?
PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligaments all over the body. Sports injuries, arthritic joints, lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, and more specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ACL tears, shin splints, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band syndrome can all be effectively treated with PRP.
Excerpt from the NY Times 2-17-09
"Two of the Pittsburgh Steelers biggest stars, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, used their own blood in an innovative injury treatment before winning the Super Bowl. Al least one major league pitcher, about 20 professional soccer players and perhaps hundreds of recreational athletes have also undergone the procedure, commonly called platelet-rich-plasma therapy.
Experts in sports medicine say that if the technique's early promise is fulfilled, it could eventually improve the treatment of stubborn injuries like tennis elbow and knee tendonitis for athletes of all types."
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"Seattle Mariner Cliff Lee's abdomen treated via injections" from espn.com, March 28, 2010. Read the article.
From the Los Angeles Times, Sports Section, July 9th, 2009
For Claudio Vargas, the scoreless inning he pitched Tuesday night marked his first major- league appearance in more than a year.
Vargas said the turning point in his recovery was when he received the same cutting-edge treatment then Dodgers closer Takashi Saito received last year to salvage his season: an injection of platelet rich plasma into the ailing part of the elbow.
Like Saito last year, Vargas had blood drawn and spun to isolate the platelets, which clot and promote healing. The platelets, 10 times more concentrated than in normal blood, were injected into the site of the injury. Saito was the first baseball player known to receive the treatment.
"They told me it worked for him and that his elbow was in worse shape than mine," Vargas said.
Dancer tells how PRP proved successful alternative to hip replacement.
"I have been a dancer all my life and at the age of 31 I was told by a doctor that I had degenerative arthritis in my hip and would need a hip replacement to handle the condition. I was limping and couldn't dance because of the pain. After going to Megan for the PRP treatments ( I only had two treatments within a six month period) and going to physical therapy for a month - I no longer am in that pain I was in, no limp and I am back dancing again! It truly is remarkable. I highly recommend and can testify that PRP is the new treatment for injuries! Say goodbye to pointless surgeries and let your own body heal itself!!!"