PRP COLD LASER THERAPY
Future medical breakthroughs will rely less on traditional drug based therapies but to a greater extent on harnessing the body's ability to heal itself. The human body has an incredible ability to heal. New technology now is available to stimulate your body's ability to heal injuries that otherwise would not heal or heal much slower. Laser activated Platelet Rich Plasma commonly referred to as “PRP’, is a non-operative, permanent solution for conditions such as arthritis and ligament/tendon sprains, tears and neuropathy. PRP laser therapy is superior to drugs and many times surgery.
Cool Laser Combined with PRP is the key.
PRP combined with painless applications of our specifically designed near infrared laser protocol are performed to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. The specific wavelength of our laser has been fine tuned to accelerate healing, by activating internal cellular structures that cause healing. Laser activated PRP therapy I have found very effective healing a variety of ailments.
- ARTHRITIS, KNEE, SHOULDER, ANKLES, FEET and HANDS
- PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
- TENDON INJURIES
- PLANTAR FASCIITIS (HEEL SPURS)
- SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
- DIABETIC WOUNDS
Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, on average, an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
PRP was made popular by professional athletes and weekend warriors through its treatment of season-ending symptoms including swelling, stiffness, inflammation, tenderness, and pain.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA TREATMENT, A NON-OPERATIVE OPTION
PRP laser technology offers patients with a long lasting, permanent solution that will not wear off over time as with a traditional pain injection. For this reason, the use of PRP could help a patient avoid joint replacement surgery, and potentially foot, shoulder, knee or hand surgery. With any treatment option, the effectiveness of the treatment depends upon the severity of the injury.
Many traditional, non-operative treatment options concentrate on relieving pain, without fixing the underlying cause. Get to the root of your problem today.
HOW IS PRP CREATED?
Creation of PRP is simple, painless, and conveniently done at an office visit. The entire process of drawing blood to solution preparation only takes approximately 25-30 minutes. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient, just like a routine blood test. Once the blood is drawn it is then placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge is a machine that spins the blood at high speeds in order to separate the blood into red blood cells and concentrated platelets. Once the blood is separated the red blood cells are discarded, and we are left with concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) which is ready to be used in the treatment process.
HOW ARE THE PRP INJECTIONS ADMINISTERED? ARE THE INJECTIONS PAINFUL?
The injection process does not take more than an hour, which includes the creation of the PRP as explained above. The platelet-rich portion is collected and injected back into the injured tendon, ligament, muscle, joint, nerve that has been determined to be a source of pain and is not-healing appropriately. In the extremities, ultrasound-guidance is commonly used to inject PRP into the appropriate tendon, ligament or joint that is being targeted. Injections are performed under image guidance to assure precise placement of PRP. The number of injections varies based on each patient’s individualized condition but typically range anywhere from two to six injections done over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection.
Generally speaking PRP injections are not painful; however the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. Injections into the joint are of minimal discomfort. There is sometimes a small amount of pain after the procedure; however this does not last more than a few days and can be minimized with over the counter Tylenol. It is critical to avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve, Motrin. These drugs may impede the healing process and interfere with the laser application to repair damaged cells.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO FEEL BETTER?
The benefit to PRP therapy is that unlike other treatments it has a sustained outcome and is categorized as a permanent fix. The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of the injury. On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within four to six weeks. Continuing a well-designed course of laser therapy and avoidance of aggressive physical activity or overloading the injected tissues is advised in the weeks that follow the injections. This is done to allow the tissues to heal best.