Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a musculoskeletal therapy that has received significant attention from the media due to the many professional athletes that use PRP to heal from injuries. Many physicians consider PRP to be the ALL NATURAL alternative to CORTISONE shots. While cortisone just masks pain, PRP contains many healing properties that can actually repair damaged tissue.
PRP is derived from a patient’s own blood sample and is composed of highly concentrated platelets and growth factors. PRP has been shown to stimulate healing by supplying growth factors, cytokines and other bioactive proteins. PRP can also act as a biological scaffold for stem cell treatments which can potentially enhance healing even further.
Why RBI's PRP?
There are numerous PRP methods available so be sure to do your research on which might be best for you and your particular condition. RBI’s proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma is optimized for healing by reducing leukocyte (or white blood cell) concentration while maximizing the number of platelets. Leukocytes can promote inflammation resulting in inferior repair with scar tissue. Therefore, leukocyte-reduced PRP such as RBI's is the optimal preparation to stimulate superior healing with less scar tissue formation.
"I went to RBI with a lot of pain in my shoulder. I was considering a cortisone shot but they told me about PRP therapy and how it is a natural therapy derived from my own blood sample. It made a lot of sense to me and I decided to have the PRP injection in my shoulder. I was only at the clinic for about 20 minutes for the injection. After a couple weeks my pain was gone and I am still pain free many months later." - Brennan, PRP Patient
Studies suggest PRP treatment can improve healing in soft tissue and bone. These positive findings have lead to widespread use of PRP for a variety of conditions.
Meniscus Injuries, ACL injuries, Back & Neck Injuries, Ankle Sprains, Tendinitis and to Boost Recovery from Surgery
Corticosteroid injections like Cortisone can reduce inflammation, but they can also damage cartilage and speed up the development of arthritis in the joint. A study published in May in JAMA (JAMA. 2017 May 16;317(19)) by researchers at Tufts Medical Center found that the injection of a corticosteroid resulted in greater loss of cartilage and no significant difference in knee pain compared to patients who received a placebo injection!
The biological action of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) could slow down the osteoarthritis progression, resulting in a delay of joint replacement. This work aims to evaluate the ability of PRP to postpone and even avoid knee replacement in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) analyzing, on the one hand, the time of delay and on the other hand the percentage of patients without undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
This work included 1084 patients of which 667 met the inclusion criteria. 74.1% of the patients in the retrospective study achieved a delay in the TKA of more than 1.5 years, with a median delay of 5.3 years. The survival analysis showed that 85.7% of the patients did not undergo TKA during the five year follow-up.
These data suggest that the application of PRP in Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) patients is a treatment that could delay TKA.
A recent Randomized, Double-Blind, Triple-Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial compared the efficacy of intra-articular injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid (HA) with a sham control group (normal saline solution for knee osteoarthritis.
The study concluded that intra-articular injections of PRP can provide clinically significant functional improvement in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee.
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