PRP was initially developed in the 1970s, but only recent technologic advances have enabled the administration of PRP to move from the hospital setting into physicians’ offices. The increasing use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in orthopedics presents significant opportunities in a conservative treatment of many injuries that otherwise would definitely require surgeries. The main effects of platelet-rich plasma are thought to be caused by growth factors released from the platelets, which may play a beneficial role within these therapies. The ACP (Autologous Conditioned Plasma) System allows for rapid and efficient concentration of platelets and growth factors from autologous blood, for use at the treatment site.
Our physicians have administered hundreds of PRP injections since 2007. Some of the most common pathologies treated with PRP are tendonitis, fasciitis, sprains, and even nerve injuries. Although this treatment still considered as experimental by many insurance carriers, it has been used by physicians and surgeons throughout the world for many years.
The whole process takes less than 15 minutes. First, we draw blood from the vein of the patient. Then the double syringe system is placed into the centrifuge, and the plasma and platelets are separated from the other cells. The concentrated plasma then injected into the affected area. Nothing is mixed with the patient's blood. Thus this procedure is probably the closest the western medicine ever came to naturopathic medicine.
We have saved many of our patients from surgery. We encourage all our patients to be more educated about their options and choose the best treatment on an individual basis.