Using Your Own Body’s Growth Factors to Heal Naturally

platelet-rich-plasma-img  PRP Platelet-Rich-Plasma platelet rich plasma imgPlatelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe and very effective method used to heal damaged bone and soft tissue, and to alleviate chronic pain, using your own blood!  PRP involves taking a small sample of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate out the platelets and plasma.  This concentrated sample is then injected into the painful area, where it repairs damage by rebuilding the tissue.

Platelets also contain growth factors and proteins which are very important in the repair and regeneration of tissue.  Therefore, PRP accelerates the healing process and encourages the growth of cells in the injected areas.  Weak ligaments and tendons cause the majority of the pain and damage related to joints.  PRP treatments strengthen these weak tissues, leading to improved joint and muscle functions with significantly less pain.

American Regenerative Clinic safely and effectively treats many ailments and injuries through the use of PRP; including tendinitis, arthritis, torn muscles and ligaments.  Depending on your particular injury, anywhere from one to four sessions of PRP may be required.  One PRP session delivers results equivalent to about three Prolotherapy sessions.  It will be up to patient and the doctor’s recommendation as to which procedure or combination of procedures would be the most effective for each individual.


Platelet-Rich Plasma Pre-Procedure Guidelines

Please read the instructions below carefully.

• Discontinue Anti-Inflammatory medication (Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Aspirin) at least 3-4 days before your procedure.
• Discontinue any blood thinners or any herbs, supplements or vitamins 1-2 weeks before your procedure.
• Discontinue Systemic Steroids (Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, etc.) 1-2 weeks before your procedure. Steroid Injections (cortisone) should be discontinued at least 1 month before your procedure.
• Eat a full, healthy breakfast the day of your procedure.
• Drink lots of water, especially the day of your procedure.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to call our office at 248-876-4242.


Platelet-Rich Plasma Post Procedure Guidelines

Please read the following steps carefully.

0-3 Days Post PRP:
• It is highly recommended that the patient rest the day of the procedure. The next two days the patient should focus on keeping the affected joint(s) immobilized.
• We strongly encourage you to use connective tissue support vitamins and/or cream. It is imperative that you take this as directed by the doctor; it will enhance the healing process.
• Ice can be applied to the area of injection for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for the first 48 hours.
• Mild to moderate post-procedure pain can happen. Significant post procedure pain will typically resolve during the first few days after the procedure. If you are experiencing post procedure pain, you can take Tylenol as needed. If necessary, pain medication will be prescribed during your visit.
• If antibiotics are prescribed, please take them as directed. They will only be prescribed if they are needed.
• DO NOT TAKE anti-inflammatory medications such as; Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Aspirin, for at least 2 weeks after your procedure.
• DO NOT TAKE blood thinners or any herbs, supplements or vitamins 3-4 days after your procedure.
• DO NOT TAKE systemic steroids such as; Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, etc. for at least 2 weeks following your procedure.
• Do not take hot baths or go to saunas during the first few days following your procedure.
• Avoid showering for 24 hours following your procedure.
• Do not consume alcoholic beverages for the first 7 days following your procedure.
• Avoid smoking. Smoking delays healing and can increase the risk of complications.
• Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily to help your heal properly. Water does not mean tea, coffee or soda.

3-14 Days Post PRP:
• At this point you should gradually start increasing your daily activities and increase your exercise. To maximize the effects of the procedure, proper exercise is necessary.
• If you are still experiencing pain, continue you can take Tylenol as needed.
• If prescribed antibiotics please continue to take them as directed. They will only be prescribed if they are needed.
• Continue to use the connective tissue support vitamins and/or cream to enhance healing.
• Continue to avoid alcohol for at least 7 days after your procedure.
• DO NOT TAKE systemic steroids such as; Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, etc. for at least 2 weeks following your procedure.
• DO NOT TAKE anti-inflammatory medications such as; Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Aspirin, for at least 2 weeks after your procedure.

14 Days Post PRP:
• A follow up appointment must be schedule for 2 weeks (14 days) after your procedure. During the follow up the doctor will assess your healing and determine the next best course of action.

2-4 Weeks Post PRP:
• Continue to use the connective tissue support vitamins and/or cream to enhance healing.
• At this point after your procedure, we highly recommend starting physical therapy to aid you in the healing process and help your body fully heal the affected joint(s).

If you have any questions, at any time after your procedure, you are welcome to call our office at 248-876-4242.

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 After the first centrifuge the blood separates into plasma and red blood cells. The red blood cells are discarded and the plasma is spun in centrifuge a second time to obtain PRP, Platelet-Rich-Plasma

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Harvesting of the PRP after second centrifuge

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Final PRP to be injected