Regenerative Medicine is the area of sports medicine focused on regeneration of injured tissue rather than surgical “repair” (which usually means just “cut it out”). Doctors have been working for years looking for something they could easily inject into a ligament, tendon or muscle injury to really “fix the problem” rather just surgically removing it or just masking the pain with pain killers. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) just might be that “Holy Grail”.
A substance in our own blood usually stimulates the repair of injuries when we get them. The problem is that sometimes an injured area doesn’t get enough of these tissue “growth factors” to properly heal…which may be one of the real reasons why some people end up with chronic injuries and pain that just won’t go away. By obtaining a small sample of a patient’s own blood and then filtering out only that part that promotes healing and the repair of injured tissue, these “growth factors” can be isolated and concentrating to as much as five times their normal levels. This supercharged concentrate (PRP) is then simply injected back into injured area (usually under ultrasound image guidance) finally stimulating the body’s own response to heal. Therefore, after increasing the concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue repair.