PRP Therapy

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PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy

What is PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a concentrated mixture of your own blood. When injected, this mixture has been shown to relieve chronic and acute pain by helping to accelerate the healing process of damaged tissue and joints.

Who needs PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy has been shown to be beneficial in treating multiple conditions, including meniscus tears, knee, hip, and ligament sprains, rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis of the spine, and plantar fasciitis, among others. This treatment has been successfully used in several areas of the body, but only your doctor can determine if the treatment is right for you.

What are the steps in PRP Therapy?

Collection of the Platelets

A sample of the patient's blood is removed and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the sample until it separates into its basic components: plasma, red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells.

Injection of the PRP Solution

Some of the plasma is removed. The remaining plasma is then mixed with the concentrated platelets. This platelet rich mixture is then injected into the area of injury on the patient.

Reaction of the Body

A natural immune response is stimulated by the release of growth factors by the concentrated platelets. Damaged cells and tissues are prepared for healing by macrophages, which are specialized white blood cells.

Beginning of Healing Process

Damaged tissues are rebuilt and repaired by stem cells and other cells that multiply in an accelerated response to the introduction of the PRP. Because of this, pain is reduced and joint strength and function is improved.

After the Procedure

PRP therapy is an outpatient procedure, so the patient is able to return home that day. Three to four treatments may be required before the injury is fully healed. A full recovery may be made if you adhere to all prescribed rest and physical therapy while the injury heals.

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COVID-19 Update:
We are still open and treating patients, however, in order to assist in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in order to make it safer for you we have made some changes which, we hope, will be temporary.

Appointments made for office visits will be distanced apart in order to avoid crowding the waiting room.

In addition, we are currently working a reduced office schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12 noon. If for some reason, you are only able to come in the afternoon special arrangements can be made.

If you call the office and the answering service answers, you can leave a message with them for a routine follow-up and we will call you back. If you believe your symptoms are more serious, then please ask the answering service to patch the call through to me.

For some types of office visits, we also have telemedicine options that can be downloaded for free onto your iPhone. These include Zoom and FaceTime.

Thank you for your continued support during these times and we look forward to serving you in full capacity towards the end of April.


Donald Mackenzie, M.D, F.R.C.S.C, F.A.C.S.