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      Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma PRP

      Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

      What is Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

      Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are biological substances that contain growth factors that when injected induce the body to grow new soft tissue, including ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint cartilage.

      How does Prolotherapy and PRP work?

      Since Ligaments, tendons and cartilage have a very poor blood supply, they often result in incomplete healing and chronic pain.

      Prolotherapy solutions and PRP are sophisticated biological agents that are designed to produce inflammation in the injured tissue. This local injection trauma, combined with the biological agents, is what promotes fibroblasts to lay down cartilage and attract stem cells to promote the growth of new tissue.

      Prolotherapy and PRP may reactivate the healing process. New tissue can be produced that strengthens lax or unstable ligaments and tendons. The technique may even support damaged or degenerated cartilage, which normally does not repair itself, by strengthening the fibrous connective tissues that stabilize the area.

      Can I continue to take pain medication while I receive this therapy?

      The healing process can be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling. You have to discontinue at least temporarily this type of medication. If you cannot, speak with the doctor.

      What about cortisone injections?

      Cortisone shots suppress inflammation and provide temporary relief for a chronic condition. Steroid injections do not grow new soft tissue. In fact, cortisone can damage your soft tissue and make the chronic condition worse by further weakening the loose soft tissue. Prolotherapy or PRP injections given over several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. Prolotherapy may cause the body to initiate a healing response.

      How often and how many treatments will I need?

      The frequency of treatment is usually every 2-6 weeks. The number of treatments is usually 3-12, but can vary with the severity, duration, age, and other health problems.

      How effective is the therapy? Are there any studies?

      Some studies have shown that 85% of patients who receive Prolotherapy have long term relief of pain and improved function. Prolotherapy is not FDA approved.

      The services and treatments listed above are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the treatment of any particular condition. The treatment and therapy listed above have not been evaluated by the FDA. We do not claim these treatments are safe and effective for any listed or unlisted condition, intended or implied.

      We do not claim that the services or treatment listed above treat any disease or health condition. We do not claim the services and treatment are comparable or superior to conventional medical treatments in curing, mitigating or treating any disease or health condition. At this point, they are unproven therapies.

      There are no randomized, controlled human clinical research testing studies demonstrating the safety or effectiveness of the services or therapy listed above. We are aware of preliminary research and anecdotal reports that, in some or many cases, these treatments and therapies have helped some patients improve or alleviate their conditions. Preliminary studies and anecdotal reports of positive outcomes do not necessarily indicate treatment efficacy. Anecdotal experiences cannot be interpreted to substantiate any health-related claim. Research studies referred to on this website are limited and many conclude further evaluation is required from well-controlled clinical trials to verify possible benefits. The treatment and therapy listed above do not work for everyone. Results achieved by some patients may not be typical for other patients. There are no guarantees that this treatment will help you. All information listed above including reference to current research journals is for educational purposes only.

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