Primary Care & Aesthetic Medicine

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection for join pain

PRP therapies allow for the separation of a patient’s blood through a variety of harvesting techniques to extract a concentration of platelets. These platelets when activated release adhesive glycoproteins and various growth factors forming a fibrin mesh under the tissue. The growth factors and or cytokines released when the concentrated platelets are activated in soft tissue include:

    • Transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) – cell division and stem cell attraction
    • Connective tissue growth factor (wound healing)
    • Insulin-like growth factor I & II (ILGF)
    • Vascular endothelial growth factor (organ regeneration)
    • Epidermal growth factor (EGF)
    • Interleuken 8
    • Fibroblast growth factor (wound healing/aesthetics)
    • Keratinocyte growth factor (wound healing/aesthetics)

Once these proteins and growth factors bind to the cellular receptors of skin tissue at the injection point, they activate a variety of intercellular events which help mediate:

    • Angiogenesis
    • Migration of stem cells to the injection area
    • New Cell proliferation
    • Production of extracellular matrix proteins

Regeneration occurs within the tissues and fibrils ensues, growth and tissue repair will continue for up to (5) weeks after the injections. The result is promotion of local tissue growth and repair of damaged tissue that is permanent. PRP is natural and will not be reabsorbed or synthesized by bacteria.

The evidence on the good results for these includes the following indications:

    • Pain Management Indications
    • Chronic Tendinopathies
    • Ligament Sprains & Tears
    • Large & Small Bursa Injections
Develop a Plan

If you have frequent pain due to an illness or injury, you do not need to let the pain take control of your life. Schedule an appointment to see one of our friendly, caring medical professionals. You can discuss your pain and work together to develop a pain management plan that meets your individual needs.