Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Joint Healing Treatment

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a new technology procedure that is revolutionizing the field of orthopedic medicine. Dr. Riggs uses PRP components from a person’s own blood cells to create a customized therapy that stimulates the healing process for joint regeneration.This integrative medicine is a natural joint pain relief and is FDA recognized.

How does PRP heal the joints?

Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, therapy aids in joint repair and promotes the body’s natural healing properties without surgery. This procedure is used by professional athletes, and can be used for nearly all chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as bursitis, tendinitis, and overuse injuries. Dr. Riggs uses the PRP routinely in knees, shoulders, hips, and many other painful joints. The success rate is outstanding.

If you are tired of letting chronic or even acute pain stop you from being active, doing the things that you like to do, or even just enjoying a good quality of life, Dr. Riggs has the solution for you with his PRP program. Before you consider surgery or medications that simply mask symptoms and leave you feeling worse than before, consider PRP therapy.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is derived from a patient’s own blood serum. The patient’s blood (10ml per joint being treated) is placed in a centrifuge to seperate the blood into its basic components. One of these componants is plasma, which makes up about 60% of your whole blood. Plasma is the layer with all the nutrients, growth factors, healing factors, and platelets. When this super-charged solution is injected into an area of the body, it recruits Stem Cells, stimulates blood vessel formation, promotes healing, and regenerates tissue. In the setting of joints and chronic injuries, the PRP resets the area into a primary healing opportunity. Ligaments tone up, tendons heal to pre-injury baseline, cartilage regenerates, and recovery is sped up.

What is PRP joint treatment?

You are brought back to a room and have your blood drawn. The sample is placed in a centrifuge and spun for 10 minutes to isolate the enriched proteins and platelets. This supercharged solution is injected into the joint under ultrasound guidance (to ensure precise placement). Because the joint has been numbed with a local anesthetic, patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available to use during the procedure as well.

The whole procedure for processing the blood and injecting the PRP takes about 30 minutes in the doctor’s office.

What conditions is PRP effective at treating?

A number of peer-reviewed studies have shown that PRP is powerfully effective with healing various injuries. Dr. Riggs PRP is very effective using live image guidance to administer the procedure.

Dr. Riggs’ PRP Joint Treatment is used to treat:

  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Elbow, and small joints of the hands and feet
  • Wound Healing
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
  • Chronic Tendon Injuries

What can the PRP Joint treatment do for you?

PRP Joint Treatment has the most significant effect on osteoarthritis than any other existing treatment modality, including surgery. MRI images have shown definitive repair of cartilage defects after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. PRP protects the joint, cushions it, and lubricates it, thus removing friction and pain. It also recruits Stem Cells to come and help heal the joint back to its pre-injured state.

Here is some information about Dr. Riggs Platelet Therapy (PRP)

  • Platelet cells are the body’s first response to soft tissue injury.
  • Stem Cells receive assistance from platelets that initiate injury repair. These platelets are full  of growth and healing signals that are constantly working.
  • To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets into each of their natural components. The process produces a higher concentrations of platelets that can be used to benefit areas of the body.
  • The healing process with PRP is easily administered with injections into and around the point of injury immediately helping the healing process.
  • The body’s efforts of healing are highly intensified when injected with PRP’s concentration of natural platelets directly into the injured area.
  • When using your own blood there is no risk of a transmissible infection.

Our procedure typically takes 30 minutes, including preparation and recovery time. It’s performed safely in Dr. Riggs medical office. Our PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery and in fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.

Normally PRP therapy in a joint is repeated once every six months. Cosmetic PRP may require three injections once monthly but will last for over 5 years. Most people see significant results after the first or second injection.

Our goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through natural healing.

Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. It protects the joint, cushions it, and lubricates it, thus removing friction and pain. In fact, PRP therapy has the most significant effect on osteoarthritis than any other existing treatment modality, including surgery.

For help overcoming your osteoarthritis knee pain or injured tissue areas, call today or fill out the form below to schedule your free knee analysis and experience The ActiJoint Difference with Dr. Riggs.

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