Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common cause of long-term pain and disability and substantially affects the quality of our everyday lives. At Physicians Rehabilitation, our goal is to provide our patients with comprehensive care to eliminate their pain and dysfunction without surgery. Using state-of-the-art therapies like platelet rich plasma we can treat your musculoskeletal conditions and get you back to the life you love as fast as possible.
Many professional and recreational athletes seek platelet rich plasma therapy to help them quickly return to competition as well as regular daily activities. However, PRP therapy is not just for athletes.
PRP therapy is a revolutionary treatment to eliminate pain caused by injuries of the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and osteoarthritis. PRP initiates wound healing, and tissue repair. In essence, it is biologically enhanced healing, using your body’s natural healing capabilities. PRP provides a long-lasting solution for pain and symptom relief of soft tissue injuries.
PRP therapy is a procedure for the growth, repair and rehabilitation of connective tissues
including rotator cuff tears, ACL injuries, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis and ligament sprains, as well as osteoarthritis of the knee, spine, hip and shoulder.
PRP treatment reduces inflammation, relieves pain, promotes repair, increases collagen production for firmer and more resilient cartilage, enhances blood flow to deliver nutrients that support healing, and recruits stem cells to regenerate tissues.
PRP therapy provides pain relief without the risks of cortisone injections, surgery, anesthesia, and a long recovery. Most patients can resume their work and activities immediately after treatment. In some cases, PRP therapy is an alternative to surgery.
At Physicians Rehabilitation our highly trained and skilled experts assess each patient to determine whether PRP therapy will offer a benefit and be effective.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Blood is primarily plasma, the liquid that contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are best known for their blood clotting ability, but platelets are a natural reservoir of hundreds of biologically active proteins called growth factors that play a key role in wound healing and tissue repair. When there is an injury or inflammation, platelets flood the area to stop bleeding, and heal damaged tissues.
PRP is a solution made by concentrating platelets, and growth factors to increase potency.
Increased concentrations of platelets and growth factors boost the body’s repair mechanisms and shorten recovery. PRP harnesses the power of your body’s natural healing abilities to promote healing, and regenerate tissues that help you recover quickly.
How is PRP made?
PRP is prepared in a lab using state-of-the-art equipment. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and spun to separate the platelets from other blood cells and increases platelet concentrations. The concentrated platelets and growth factors are then combined with the remaining blood, which is injected at the site of patient’s injury or damage to accelerate the healing process.
Is PRP therapy safe?
PRP therapy is very safe. It is not a drug. Because it is made from your own blood and injected into the site of your injury or degeneration, there is no risk of adverse reaction, or disease transmission.
How does PRP work?
PRP injections soak injured cells in the concentrated plasma and the numerous growth factors to enhance one or more phases of bone and soft tissue healing. PRP also enhances proliferation of stem cells and fibroblasts to boost healing and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Platelets naturally accumulate and adhere to the site of an injury, where they release chemicals that regulate the mechanisms of healing including blood vessel development, cellular migration and proliferation. Additionally, studies report that the platelets in PRP produce signaling proteins that have antimicrobial activity, meaning they mobilize the immune system to prevent infection, which can also improve wound healing. Studies also report that bioactive molecules and growth factors reduce pain.
Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors catalyze the body’s repair mechanisms and shorten recovery time.
Is PRP right for me?
When conservative methods fail to relieve pain and restore function, PRP therapy can help you heal with minimal scarring and halt tissue degeneration. It is a fast, painless procedure that takes just a few hours from start to finish.
At Physicians Rehabilitation our physicians are specially trained in the procedures and preparation of PRP. Physicians Rehabilitation has locations in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center for convenient, high-quality specialized sports-medicine and orthopedic services. Contact us to learn about how PRP therapy can benefit you.