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What You Need to Know About Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

If you're passionate about fitness and enjoy being active, then you know the risks associated with exercise and physical activity. Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries may require surgery and a prolonged amount of time to heal. Don't let an injury sideline you. Let the doctors at All Points Medicine get you back to doing what you love with a revolutionary treatment called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy that speeds up the healing process for a wide range of chronic and acute injuries.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Your blood is composed of red and white blood cells and platelets. These platelets are crucial to keeping your body healthy. They not only promote blood clots to stop excessive bleeding, but also contain growth factors that help wounds heal. Growth factors stimulate blood flow and strengthen cartilage to become more firm and resilient

A relatively new form of treatment, PRP therapy is prevalent among professional athletes including Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova and Kobe Bryant.

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What Conditions Are Treated with PRP?

PRP is an alternative to surgery and proven to be most effective in the treatment of tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. There's also evidence that early joint arthritis and cartilage tears can also benefit from PRP injection.

Some of the most common injuries treated through PRP therapy:

  • Rotator cuff
  • Bicipital tendonitis
  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstring
  • Achilles tendon
  • Tennis & golfer's elbow
  • DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
  • Iliotibial band tendonitis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Partially torn knee ligaments (MCL/LCL)
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Lumbar disc injuries
And the best part is you do not need a physician referral for PRP. Simply call All Points Medicine to schedule an appointment at either our Poland or Columbiana office.

How Does PRP Work?

Treatment is simple, relatively painless and conveniently done by Dr. Ronald Yarab, Dr. Michael Engle and Dr. Sean McGrath at All Points Medicine. The entire process from start to finish is done in about 30 minutes or less.

PRP begins with a small amount of blood drawn, similar to a blood test. It's then placed into a centrifuge, which separates whole blood into concentrated platelet-rich plasma. A doctor takes the concentrated platelet and prepares it for injection into the injured area. All Points Medicine utilizes state-of-the-art imaging technology such as ultrasound and fluoroscopy to carefully inject the concentrated platelets back into the injured area of the body.

What to Expect from PRP Therapy?

Injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Depending on the injury, healing time with PRP therapy may range from a few weeks to up to several months. All Points Medicine recommends avoiding any heavy or strenuous activities for two weeks following treatment before beginning the rehabilitation process.

Pain intensity becomes less each day as function, endurance and strength increase. On average, patients start to see signs of gradual improvement 2-6 weeks after PRP therapy. Some conditions may require up to 6 months for full benefit from PRP.

What Are the Risks Associated with PRP?

PRP therapy has emerged as a safe alternative in the management of wound and soft tissue injuries. Since PRP is derived from a patients' own blood, there is no risk of an allergic or immune reaction and side effects or complications of a PRP injection are extremely rare. However, anytime a needle is placed in the body, there is the risk of infection, bleeding or damage to surrounding structures.

How Much Does A PRP Treatment Cost?

Renew PRP performed at All Points Medicine is more affordable than you might think; starting at just $500. At this time, most insurance plans do not provide reimbursement for PRP injections. Therefore, costs can be paid upon the completion of therapy at any of our locations.

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