Platelet-rich plasma injection in Charlotte, NC
Platelet-rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

Non-drug Treatments to Improve Pain and Function While Reducing Recurrence Rates

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Improve Pain and Function
Improve Long-term Integrity of Muscles, Joints, Tendons, and Ligaments

For common sources of injury and chronic joint pain, physical therapy helps most patients. However, some do not reach their pain and function goals. These patients are often offered pain meds and corticosteroid injections, but there are more options. For instance, various studies show that a particular treatment can improve these conditions, without drugs, and often over and above the effects available through therapeutic exercise. This is platelet-rich plasma injections, or PRP for short.

For PRP, a doctor draws blood from the patient. Then, a specialized centrifuge spins the blood, separating a plasma rich in healing platelets and growth factors. Finally, a doctor uses ultrasound guidance to inject the platelet-rich plasma into very specific points related to the dysfunction.

Research connects this treatment to improved outcomes for knee osteoarthritis, acute muscle injury, epicondylosis (tennis elbow), plantar fasciosis (heel pain), rotator cuff tears and rotator cuff tendinopathy (shoulder sprains), and more.

Please call today for a no-cost phone or in-office consultation for PRP injections.

Research Demonstrates the Effectivenss of Platelet-rich Plasma Injections

Muscle Injuries1
Rotator Cuff (Shoulder)2-10
Osteoarthritis Knee11-13
Patellar Tendon14
Tendinopathy/Tendinitis (General)15
Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylosis16-18
Plantar Fasciitis (Chronic Heel Pain)19-20

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Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery - Meta-analysis regarding platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) for rotator cuff tears.
PRP proves superior to corticosteroid injections at all follow-up points after eight weeks.
Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Muscle Injury: Faster return to activity compared to usual care, with lower re-injury rate.
Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Knee Osteoarthritis: At the start of the study, 95% of the patients had moderate to severe limitation. Twelve weeks after one treatment, 92% had no to minimal limitation.
Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Rotator Cuff (Shoulder Tears): A large meta-analysis with more than 1,000 patients finds that PRP reduces one and two-year retear rates by 58% to 83%.

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  2. Castricini R, Longo UG, De Benedetto M, Panfoli N, Pirani P, Zini R, Maffulli N, Denaro V. Platelet-rich plasma augmentation for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: a randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2011 Feb;39(2):258-65.
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  4. 4. Wesner M, Defreitas T, Bredy H, Pothier L, Qin Z, McKillop AB, et al. A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma therapy for treating degenerative tendinopathies: a Randomised control trial with synchronous observational cohort. PLoS One. 2016; 11:e0147842.
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  6. Pieters L, Lewis J, Kuppens K, Jochems J, Bruijstens T, Joossens L, Struyf F. An update of systematic reviews examining the effectiveness of conservative physical therapy interventions for subacromial shoulder pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2020 Mar; 50 (3):131-41.
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  9. Chen X, Jones IA, Park C, Vangsness Jr CT. The efficacy of platelet-rich plasma on tendon and ligament healing: a systematic review and meta-analysis with bias assessment. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018 Jul;46(8):2020-32.
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  11. Ayhan E, Kesmezacar H, Akgun I. Intraarticular injections (corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid, platelet rich plasma) for the knee osteoarthritis. World Journal of Orthopedics. 2014 Jul 18;5(3):351.
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  13. Louis P, Sengodan VC, Palanivel R. Role of platelet rich plasma in osteoarthrosis of knee joint among south Indian population. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics. 2020; 6 (1): 21-4.
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  17. Peerbooms JC, Sluimer J, Bruijn DJ, Gosens T. Positive effect of an autologous platelet concentrate in lateral epicondylitis in a double-blind randomized controlled trial: platelet-rich plasma versus corticosteroid injection with a 1-year follow-up. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2010 Feb;38(2):255-62.
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