A Revolutionary Alternative to Surgery
Dr. Thomas Peterson is currently one of a few medical doctors in Key Largo trained to use an innovative injury treatment called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP Therapy is a form of regenerative medicine using your own blood. Blood contains components called platelets and platelets contain growth factors. Growth factors activate and stimulate cellular regeneration in the body.
This rapidly emerging technique (sometimes called space-age medicine) shows exciting potential for treating:
Arthritis of the knee, shoulder, hips and other joints
Rotator cuff tears
Chronic plantar fasciitis
Chronic muscle, ligament, and tendon tears
How Does PRP Therapy Help?
Your body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver and activate platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets begin the repair process and attract the critical assistance of your own stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing intensifies your body’s efforts by delivering high concentrations of platelets.
To create PRP therapy, we take a small sample of your blood (just like a regular lab test sample) and place it into our centrifuge that spins your blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the rest of your blood. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around your point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening your body’s natural healing response.
Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection—and very low risk of allergic reaction. PRP therapy is less risky and more effective than cortisone injections, which offer short-lived relief and actually block the healing process.
How Long Does It Take?
The procedure takes about one hour including time to spin your blood in the centrifuge. Performed safely in our medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain and heals the injury without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays, and without prolonged recovery time. In fact, most of our patients return to their jobs or usual activities right after their PRP treatment.
What Can I Expect As A Result?
Some of our patients tell us that they felt much better in just a few days and continue to improve as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be highly effective at relieving pain and returning patient’s to their highest function in their every-day lives. Both MRI and ultrasound images show definite tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The technique is enticing because it helps regenerate ligament, tendon, and cartilage fibers so that surgery is no longer needed.
Because Dr. Peterson performs PRP therapy as an in-office procedure, the therapy can be done at a fraction of the cost of the same procedure done at a surgical facility.
How Can I Read More About PRP Therapy?
If you would like to read more about PRP therapy, we recommend the following websites:
Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to speed recovery from sports injuries — New York Daily News
A Promising Treatment for Athletes, in Blood — New York Times
Platelet Rich Plasma Basic Science — ApexPRP
Clinical use of platelet-rich plasma in orthopaedics — American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Speeds Healing — New York Presbyterian
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