Roughly 10 years ago I had a discussion w/ a highly regarded MD, PhD who was telling me about the promise of platelet rich plasma (PRP). The general concept was that the platelets contain several growth factors which, when combined w/ the fibrin producing capacity of platelet chemistry, could help the body repair tears in fascia and laxity in ligamentous tissue. PRP is a low dosage of growth factor, nowhere near the dosage of Amniotic fluid, but it is inexpensive and easy to obtain from your own blood w/ a simple blood draw and basic centrifuge. It is now being used for hair loss and cosmetic facial treatments as well as musculoskeletal therapies.
The technique is a learned skill and doing it wrong can greatly reduce its effect. After spinning in the centrifuge, it is critical to draw the plasma with the highest concentration of platelets yet very few white blood cells. This area is right next to the layer of white blood cells, called the Buffy coat, and can easily be contaminated so it is important to use a physician with years of experience in obtaining clean PRP. This is why Dr. Inouye is here at 3D Integrated Medical.
It is important to understand that this is an entry level therapy with low dosage of growth factors. It is not suited for injection into joints when the need for more regeneration is present. These levels require Amniotic fluid at the least, and likely, the large effect of Exosome therapy.
Common Conditions Treated by PRP Therapy
Osteoarthritis- Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Spine
Back and Neck Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tears
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Pelvic Pain and Instability