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Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP for Knee Arthritis

When talking with other physicians about regenerative injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections), I commonly hear the response “well, it is worth a try and I can’t see that it hurts, but until there is more data out there I don’t recommend it to my patients”.

The tides are changing. I recently read an editorial commentary, “The Time Has Come to Try Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Your Patients With Symptomatic Knee Arthritis”, […]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Knee Pain, Platelet Rich Plasma||Comments Off on PRP for Knee Arthritis

A Tale of Two Knees

I saw a patient yesterday who is six weeks out from bilateral knee replacements and struggling. One knee remains stiff and painful and both knees remain hot and swollen. Her summer is shot. She had originally planned to have the replacements done in the fall, but after years of mild joint pain went precipitously downhill in 4 short months, from February to May, to the point that the pain became so unbearable that she […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Knee Pain, Platelet Rich Plasma||0 Comments

PRP for Mensical Tears

One thing I hear a lot from patients with a variety of injuries is “I don’t want surgery.” Though sometimes necessary, all surgeries have inherent risks and choosing to have surgery should involve a detailed discussion of the risks and benefits.

As a physiatrist, my priority is to offer non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal injuries. One injury that is often treated with surgery is a meniscal tear in the knee. The meniscus is a cartilage-like […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Platelet Rich Plasma|Tags: |0 Comments

The Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment – also widely known as PRP treatment- is a safe, non-surgical therapy that a rising number of health care centers including the Mayo Clinic and Eastern Idaho Sports Spine & Rehab Center use to treat sports, spine and musculoskeletal injuries such as torn ligaments or tendons. This new treatment has helped many athletes to heal and recover from injuries of the tendons, nerves, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and more in record […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Categories: Platelet Rich Plasma|Tags: , |1 Comment

All You Need to Know About PRP

1.  What is Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) and how does it work? 
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP is a preparation obtained by extracting platelets from the patient’s whole blood and injecting them into an injured joint or muscle.
PRP works by creating local inflammation in the injured tissue and then releasing growth factors to stimulate healing and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, muscle and even bone. It can be used in recent injuries and […]