PLATELET RICH PLASMA
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Get better quality of life with the latest Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments, including those for injury recovery, at Preventative Medical Clinic, a division of Kohll’s in Omaha, Nebraska.
Why do PRP?
How is PRP administered?
PRP therapy, which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete, begins with collection of 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. The practitioner then inject the concentrated platelets into the site of the injury often using ultrasound guidance for accuracy. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become more firm and resilient. PRP activates genocytes to proliferate quickly and produce collagen to repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.
The injections are safe, non-surgical procedures used to eliminate or dramatically reduce pain by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Is the treatment one injection or multiple injections?
Will I feel immediate results from PRP therapy?
Which injuries are usually treated with PRP therapy?
Are there any risks?
How many treatments are needed?
When will I start noticing improvements?
What should I avoid doing or taking during treatments?
Controlled exercise and mobilization of the treated area promotes tissue healing and results in faster recovery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first several days at least. Physical therapy may be recommended to correct muscular or proprioceptive issues.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS like ibuprofen, aleve) based products and fish-oil supplements. Baby aspirin may be allowed, talk with your provider.
When can I return to work?
What is the chance I will get better? How long will it last?
Will my injector have any experience or certifications?
At PMC our injector has personal experience with prolotherapy as well as nearly a decade of injecting joints. She is also certified by the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine.
Common Conditions Treated
- Cervical spine (arthritis, instability, degenerative disc disease)
- Lumbar or low back pain (arthritis, instability, disc disease, spondylosis, pain after surgery)
- Shoulder pain (tendonitis, arthritis, labral tears, recurrent subluxations)
- Elbow/wrist/hand pain
- Hip/Pelvis pain (arthritis, instability, chronic hamstring or IT band issues)
- Knee/Ankle/Foot pain (arthritis, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, chronic sprains, bunion pain)