PRP Injections - Orthopedic Indications
What is PRP?
Platelets are blood cell fragments 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. This can accelerate or reinvigorate healing by stimulating new tissue production resulting in stronger tissue, reduced pain and improved function.
PRP Injections for Spine and Orthopedic Conditions
Many studies have become available demonstrating the safety and efficacy of PRP for a variety of health conditions. PRP has been shown to be effective for spine and orthopedic conditions that have failed other treatments, such as: rotator cuff tears, degenerative discs, sciatica, tennis elbow, shouldmeniscal tears, arthritic joints, plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains. Some studies have shown that PRP can to stop the progression of arthritis. Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods have had success with PRP.
How is PRP done?
PRP can be performed in the office usually with ultrasound or x-ray guidance. Blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge that separates the platelets from the red blood cells. The concentrated platelets are then used for treatment. The injured area is first anesthetized with an anesthetic before the actual injection is performed. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
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?
- Dr. Carter does a comprehensive evaluation. Injury and sports-specific exercises are often recommended.
- Dr. Carter’s patients typically experience improvement after only 1 injection, as opposed to multiple treatments that are suggested elsewhere. Dr. Carter’s long-term success rates are in the 80-85% range.
- Dr. Carter has over 12 years of experience with platelet rich plasma and has used PRP on her own family members.
- Dr. Carter use only FDA cleared devices to generate the best PRP sample possible.
- While some doctors use assistants to draw the blood and concentrate the platelets, Dr. Carter does the entire procedure herself to ensure the best possible sample.
- Dr. Carter has been long regarded as a Top Doctor in her field.
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.