Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe, non-surgical procedure and only takes 30 minutes to perform in the clinic. PRP offers relief to athletes with a tendon or ligament injury, people suffering from chronic pain from osteoarthritis, and active individuals who endure knee pain from overuse or a past injury. In addition to alleviating pain, PRP treatment decreases inflammation, improves the quality of the joint (synovial) fluid, and increases lubrication, cushioning, and mobility of the joint.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for “Platelet-Rich Plasma.” Plasma is the non-cellular portion of whole blood and comprises 55% of blood volume. Plasma normally contains 200 million or more platelets per microliter. Plasma becomes ‘platelet-rich’ when the concentration of platelets increases beyond this typical concentration.
Platelet cells are packed with special proteins called growth factors that can dramatically reduce inflammation and enhance tissue recovery.
It is important to note that not all PRP preparation systems or treatments are the same. These differences play a critical role in determining the clinical outcome. Learn how on our PRP Therapy at Reflex page.
Why all the Buzz?
There are many reasons people are excited about PRP. Some of these include:
- It’s Safe and Natural – Since PRP uses your own cells, there is no risk of an immune response. Additionally, this procedure is much less invasive than surgery and many people feel this is a more natural treatment compared to pharmaceuticals or other drugs.
- Evidence-Based Treatment -- Research demonstrating the effectiveness of PRP to alleviate knee pain has increased exponentially over the past few years. Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated its superiority to other treatments, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) injections.
- Celebrity/Athlete endorsements – many A-list celebrities and professional athletes have had PRP therapy and tout it as one of the most cutting-edge treatments available. This includes a wide range, from athletes like Kobe Bryant (basketball), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Hines Ward (football), Alex Rodriguez (baseball), Tiger Woods (golf), all the way to Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie.
- PRP has a wide range of clinical applications (you don’t have to be an athlete)
- Osteoarthritis ◦ Acute Injuries ◦ ACL ◦ MCL ◦ Tendinitis
- PCL ◦ Meniscal Tears ◦ Tendon Injury
Why Reflex for your PRP Therapy?
- Reflex Providers are Experts in Knee Injections – Reflex Providers all have specialized training in PRP and have collectively administered thousands of injections. You won’t find this level of expertise or experience elsewhere.
- We use a PRP system that produces an optimal PRP solution – low granulocytes, high monocytes, and zero red blood cells – learn why these are important on our PRP Therapy at Reflex page.
- It’s less painful at Reflex – In conjunction with our advanced PRP formula, our provider’s expertise, and utilizing Ultrasound technology, our procedure has been refined to be as painless as possible.
- Ultrasound Technology – Less than one percent of physicians in Oregon use Ultrasound for musculoskeletal diagnostics of the knee. Reflex does, and can provide more accurate diagnoses, more precise injections, and we are able to inject PRP directly into the injury site (ligaments/tendons) or joint space.
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