PRP Injections - Orthopedic Indications

What is PRP? How does PRP work?

Platelets are blood cell fragments that are rich in growth factors. When an injury occurs, platelets rush to the injury site and release growth factors to start the healing process. Platelets can be drawn from a patient’s own blood and concentrated. This is called platelet rich plasma or PRP. PRP can be injected into an injured ligament, muscle, joint or into the spine. PRP injections lead to healing by stimulating new collagen production resulting in healthier, stronger tissue, reduced pain and improved function. 

Listen to Dr. Carter explain how PRP works and what make her customized, high-dose PRP treatments work better and last longer than others.

PRP Injections for Spine and Orthopedic Conditions

Many studies have found PRP to be effective for spine and orthopedic conditions that have failed other treatments, such as:

Many professional athletes have had success with PRP, including Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal.

What is customized, high-dose PRP?

There are different PRP systems that generate different types of PRP (leukocyte-rich PRP. leukocyte-poor PRP, platelet rich fibrin/PRF, platelet lysate). The type of PRP used should be chosen based on the body structure being treated. Higher platelet counts and concentrations have been found to be more effective for orthopedic conditions. Most PRP systems concentrate platelets about 5-7 times over one’s own baseline platelet count with the need for multiple treatments. Dr. Carter customizes the preparation of PRP to generate platelet concentrations 25-30 times over baseline to achieve the best results possible with only one treatment.

PRP can be performed in the office. Ultrasound or x-ray guidance is strongly recommended to ensure precise treatment. The injured area should first be anesthetized with a non-toxic anesthetic before the actual PRP injection is performed. The entire procedure takes about an hour. 

A good post-injection rehabilitation protocol should be given. Not everyone is a good candidate for platelet rich plasma. A proper medical and orthopedic evaluation with imaging is strongly recommended to avoid a waste of time and expense. 

Hear CBS Sports Analyst and former NFL Linebacker Brian Jones describe his response to PRP for a rotator cuff tear in his shoulder and stem cell therapy for a meniscal tear in his knee. Both treatments were done by Dr. Alicia Carter.

Why choose Dr. Alicia Carter, MD?

There are different types of PRP and different doses. 

  • Dr. Carter is a board-certified sports medicine, Castle Connolly Top Doctor (top 7% in the USA) and a regenerative medicine specialist. She has been helping professional athletes and performing artists with PRP and stem cell treatments for over 15 years.
  • Dr. Carter uses the newest, FDA-compliant system to generate high-dose PRP 25-30 times above baseline levels. Most providers generate PRP that is only 5-7 times above baseline.
  • Over 90% of Dr. Carter’s patients need only 1 injection to reach their treatment goals; not a series of 2-3 treatments recommended elsewhere.  
  • The entire procedure is done using ultrasound or x-ray guidance by Dr. Carter – not a nurse or assistant.
  • Patients of Dr. Carter are given a complete rehabilitation plan for long-term success.
  • Dr. Carter has some of the best outcomes. Patients who received PRP elsewhere eventually come to see Dr. Carter when their treatments don’t work or don’t last.
To patients “shopping” for the lowest fee for PRP – a low fee usually means the need for multiple treatments. Be sure to ask if a board-certified doctor (sports medicine, orthopedist, physiatrist, or podiatrist) will be doing your injection, will x-ray or ultrasound guidance be used, how many treatments you will need and the concentration of the PRP.

Dr. Carter discusses the use of PRP for back pain and why a comprehensive approach works best for any orthopedic condition.

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We can give you an estimated fee right away. However if you TEXT your MRI report to 305-680-3527 with a brief description of your symptoms. We can let you know if Dr. Carter treats conditions like yours with high-dose PRP and give you a more accurate estimated cost.

Why choose Dr. Alicia Carter?

There are different types of PRP and different doses. 

  • Dr. Carter is a Top Doctor and a regenerative medicine expert. She has been using PRP to help her patients, including professional athletes and dancers, for over 15 years.
  • Dr. Carter uses the newest generation PRP system available and customizes the PRP for the patient. Her patients typically need only 1 injection; not a series of 2-3 treatments recommended elsewhere.  
  • The entire procedure is done by Dr. Carter – not a nurse or physician assistant.
  • Dr. Carter prescribes and uses medication to control injection-related pain before, during and after the procedure for minimal discomfort.
  • Patients of Dr. Carter’s are given a complete treatment plan, not just the injection.
  • Dr. Carter has some of the best outcomes and her treatments last much longer than most. How do we know? Dr. Carter often sees patients who had PRP elsewhere. When their treatment does not work as expected or don’t last, those same patients eventually come to see Dr. Carter.
* A caution to patients “shopping” for the cheapest PRP price – a cheap price is often associated with a poor response. Be sure to ask if a doctor will be doing your injection, how many injections you will need under their care, and the total cost for all treatments.

Dr. Carter discusses the use of PRP for back pain and why a comprehensive approach works best for any orthopedic condition

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Dr. Carter has an excellent safety record and has taught injection techniques all across the country.

Dr. Carter’s PRP protocols are backed by the latest scientific data.  Her pre-and post injection protocols are unique and specifically tailored to the individual patient’s goals and objectives.

Fitness and sports enthusiasts of all levels, from weekend warriors to professional athletes have benefited under Dr. Carter’s care.  Performing artists with career-threatening injuries have been able to return to their profession with Dr. Carter’s holistic approach to treatment. 

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