- Spinal fusion surgery to promote healing.
- Tendon injuries/tendonitis
- Acute and Chronic soft tissue injuries such as meniscal tears and surgical repairs of the meniscus.
- Muscle strains
- Rotator Cuff tears
- Epicondylitis or the proverbial "tennis elbow."
- Achilles Tendon tear and repairs
- Quicker healing after ACL surgery
Platelet Rich Plasma: Is it Right for You?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is gaining recognition and popularity as an evidence-based application for orthopedics. It may be used for a host of orthopedic diseases and also as a therapy in conjunction with orthopedic surgery or reconstruction procedures. You may have heard of several celebrity athletes -- such as golfer Tiger Woods -- utilizing PRP to get back in the game sooner. Pittsburg Steeler, Hines Wards, used PRP treatments to heal a knee injury and play in the 2009 Super Bowl win for the Steelers. PRP uses your own platelets -- which are rich in several growth factors -- to promote healing and repair of soft tissue orthopedic injuries and chronic conditions. It's not just for the elite athlete, anymore. Weekend warriors and regular folks with degenerative arthritis of the knees or back are seeing improvements from this treatment. This technique is performed by taking a specimen of the patient's blood and spinning it down to separate the platelets. The specimen is then injected, along with the patient's plasma I,nto the affected joint, muscle or soft tissue. It has been gaining promise for its orthopedic applications in healing knees, shoulders, back patients and multiple soft tissue injuries. These treatments have shown promising effects in the treatment of multiple injuries, and are not just reserved for elite athletes but for those suffering with chronic conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, which affects millions of Americans. PRP has other compelling usage for patients who suffer from the following conditions: