PRP Sports Medicine Orthopedic

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – Sports Medicine Orthopedic

Soft tissue injuries and joint injuries are often complicated with prolonged and incomplete recovery. Many growth factors are involved in the repair and regeneration of cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The potential benefits of enhanced healing processes have led to a widespread interest in the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy.

Although doctors have used PRP therapy since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after spinal injury and soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery, it has only been in the past year that the treatment has really come to the forefront. Since athletes such as Tiger Woods and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward have been treated with PRP, people from around the world have been turning more and more to this type of therapy. In fact, according to the media, PRP injections in his elbow, may have been the reason that Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Takashi Saito was able to return to the mound for the 2008 Major League Baseball playoffs.

The allure of PRP for injuries in sports medicine, as well as for musculoskeletal injuries, is that theoretically, it can provide an abundance of healing factors in the body’s normal environment.

In keeping with our philosophy of moving forward and providing a cutting edge approach, at Vancouver Laser, we now offer hcPRP, which is highly concentrated platelet rich plasma therapy. Instead of using PRP that is typically a 2-8X concentration, we use the patented form of hcPRP that involves injecting platelet rich plasma in a concentration of 23-90X.

Benefits of hcPRP

  • hcPRP is the HIGHLY CONCENTRATED version of PRP
  • Simple
  • Absence of significant adverse consequences
  • Safe – no risk of immune or disease transmission

How hcPRP therapy works

The theory behind PRP is that it may affect tissue healing via growth factors that are released after platelet degranulation. Because of this potential benefit physicians now inject PRP for the treatment of tendon, ligament, muscle and cartilage injuries and early osteoarthritis.

What to Expect

A comprehensive consultation is performed by Dr. Ralph Belle, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), who is an orthopedic surgeon.

If you are a suitable candidate and you choose to have the treatment, we will first take a few vials of your own blood. We then spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components. Then we inject the concentrated platelets at the site of the injury or problem. In theory, the growth factors that the platelets secrete (not including human growth hormone) will spur tissue recovery. The autologous nature (using your own blood) of PRP eliminates the risk of immune rejection or disease transmission.

Depending on the degree and extent of injury, typically one to three injections are required. The more chronic or involved the injury is, the more injections may be necessary. Injections are usually spaced 4 weeks apart.

There is minimal discomfort at the time of injection because we do a “block” and numb the area being injected. The numbing wears off in 3-5 hours and there may be some initial discomfort following injection. The area may feel hot, swollen and tender. Minimal discomfort may persist for 2-5 days. We recommend patients do not do anything significant during this time of healing.

The regenerative repair process takes weeks to months.

There have been no reported complications with PRP therapy.

Feel free to call us for a consultation 604-708-9891 to determine whether or not you are a candidate. At the time of the consultation you will be given an estimate as to the cost of the actual treatments, depending on the number of injections that will be needed.

Please Note:

We are proud to be part of pioneering work being done around the world. We are hoping and expecting exciting data to be coming out soon.

This treatment is NOT covered by MSP. We accept all forms of payment including credit card.

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