PLATELET RICH PLASMA
What is it?
Not all PRP is created equalPlatelet Rich Plasma ("PRP") is a cost effective, minimally-invasive blood therapy procedure that uses a patient's own blood components to accelerate the healing process by increasing the body's concentration of naturally-occurring growth factors. Through use of this process, patients have experienced fewer infections, faster healing, and reduced scarring. While several PRP platforms are in existence today, the quality of the application (and related results) vary widely based upon several factors. These factors range from the skills of the technician performing the service, to the equipment being used, to the preparation and application techniques for a particular patient. Getting the right combination is critical and can take many years of research and experience to get just right. At ATS, we use the best technology available on the market today along with our certified staff to ensure that the patient receives the best PRP available.
Who is it for?
PRP applies to youPRP has been used to successfully replace and restore normal function to damaged soft tissue. The innovative technology is continuously being adapted for a wide variety of applications including treatment for tennis elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, knee/patellar tendonitis or tears, achilles tendonitis, back/spine pain or instability, osteoarthritis, obstetrics, cardiology and chronic pain treatment, etc. In addition, PRP is frequently used to treat chronic wounds that fail to respond to traditional wound care techniques. PRP is also used in many cosmetic surgery applications to reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and reduce scarring. In the media PRP has received notoriety for use in professional athletes such as Hines Ward, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Alex Rodriguez, Tracey McGrady, Chris Canty and Dwight Howard.
How does it work?
Harness the body's natural healing powerOur team of specialists provides the equipment and supplies necessary to process PRP. In order to prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and placed into a centrifuge system by our clinical technician. The centrifuge separates the blood's platelets from the other various blood components. The resulting concentrated platelets and growth factors can offer up to a 8x increase in concentration levels above the patient's natural level. These concentrated growth factors "recruit" other response elements, including additional growth factors, regenerative cells and white blood cells, to the injury site from other parts from the body. This process gives the body the best opportunity for regenerative healing. For more information please contact your local ATS representative.