Here at Coastal Orthopedics, we see many patients with what is commonly referred to as “wear and tear arthritis.” Efforts at treatment are focused on nonsurgical management for as long as is reasonably possible. These nonsurgical treatment options include strengthening and conditioning exercises, low impact activities and weight loss. In addition, treatment with anti-inflammatory medications, periodic cortisone injections and “lubricating” hyaluronic acid injections are often helpful in decreasing pain and improving function in patients with arthritic joints.
Even with these methods, there are certain patients who continue to have pain or wish to seek other alternative treatments. For these patients, and others who might be seeking surgical alternatives, we now offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new, very promising treatment with growing support in the scientific literature.
When there is an injury to the human body, platelets which carry the body’s healing substances are programmed to release them into the injured area. These substances are generally called “platelet derived growth factors” or PDGFs. These encourage local healing and tissue regeneration. Well-designed studies are showing beneficial effects of PRP for arthritic knees.
The method of PRP treatment is fairly simple. A patient’s blood is drawn and then prepared by extracting red and white blood cells with a centrifuge to separate and concentrate your body’s PDGFs, which are your own natural healing agents. The PRP is then injected into the patient’s damaged area, triggering the body’s healing cascade. There is no surgery and no anesthesia. This 30-minute procedure is performed in the office.
PRP injections have been used to treat tendinosis, rotator cuff tears, ligament tears, muscle tears, tennis elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, joints and disc injuries.
PRP is still considered investigational by insurance companies and is not a covered service.
The physicians and surgeons at Coastal Orthopedics specialize in combining state of the art technology with proven treatments that help restore function, decrease pain and encourage an active lifestyle. That’s why we’re pleased to offer PRP therapy to patients. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 941-792-1404.