Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a non-surgical treatment used for the repair of chronic degenerative joints, ligaments and tendon injuries. This exciting technology is changing the way doctors and sports physicians treat injuries. Using your own blood, the healing elements are isolated and carefully injected into affected joints. By focusing on stabilizing painful joints and strengthening ligaments, we can accelerate your recovery and get you back to the active lifestyle you deserve.
Surgery vs. Regenerative Treatments
Sometimes joints are weakened by trauma or overuse. This may be age-related arthritis in the knees, or something more acute like a labral tear. Whenever a joint is injured, the ligaments and tendons can become stretched out, torn or fragmented which causes joints to become hypermobile. This allows misalignment of the bones in the joint, which causes pain, muscle spasms and contributes to arthritis.
New technologies and research are providing remarkable options for the treatment of orthopedic injuries using regenerative medicine. Research has shown that some surgical procedures can be beneficial in the short term, but ultimately may not provide long-term benefit. While surgery is sometimes the only option for an injury, there are many instances where there are effective alternatives. TLC The Littleton Clinic is proud to offer Platelet Rich Plasma as a non-surgical treatment option for orthopedic injuries.
How It Works
Our bodies are naturally equipped with healing mechanisms that respond to injuries – we most often see this related to swelling, pain and redness. These processes are the way your body tries to stimulate healing. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are carefully placed in areas of injury and the surrounding structures (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, etc.) and that same inflammatory response helps to repair ligament and joint issues. Because of this targeted inflammation, anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen can “turn off” the healing mechanism and should be avoided.
Your blood is rich with platelets, growth factors, and other healing cells. The key is to isolate these elements of the blood. The process begins with drawing your blood, and then using state-of-the-art equipment the healing elements of your blood are isolated. The separation of activated platelets, growth factors and healing cells are what we call PRP. This solution is injected back into the areas of injury or breakdown. Dr. Hopp often uses ultrasound guidance to make sure the injections are targeted to the areas that need it most, ultimately improving the outcome of the procedure!