PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy in St. Peters and O'Fallon, MOt

Dr. Larkin offers PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy right here at Advanced Bone & Joint. This revolutionary treatment promotes healing without surgery.

What Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain and promotes long-lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Brandon D. Larkin is offering this amazing non-invasive procedure right here at Advanced Bone & Joint.

PRP therapy is a cutting-edge procedure that is revolutionizing the field of orthopedic medicine. PRP therapy uses components of the body’s own blood cells to formulate a customized “cocktail” that stimulates the natural healing process in certain orthopedic conditions.

PRP therapy is associated with reduction in pain and faster healing, and has lower risks and lower costs than surgery.

What Does PRP Therapy Treat?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a rapidly emerging technique that is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative bone disease that causes loss of mobility, chronic pain, and stiffness, and it can be quite debilitating for more than 21 million Americans. PRP therapy is also showing promising results in rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.

What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?

A main benefit of PRP therapy is that it provides pain relief and healing and can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery. It may also be used as a treatment for some people who are not candidates for surgery.

PRP therapy is a low-risk non-invasive procedure. It uses the body’s own cells and natural biological healing process. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that is injected into and around the point of injury jump-starts and significantly strengthens the body’s natural healing process.

Recovery with PRP therapy is much faster than with surgery, often by many months. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

Am I a Candidate for PRP Therapy?

Many people are candidates for PRP therapy, especially people who are not surgical candidates. Learn more about this exciting technique below, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Larkin to see if you are a candidate. Call our appointment line at (636) 229-4222 or request one online

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PRP Therapy and Stem Cells

The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells to the area of injury. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump start the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells.

Platelet-rich plasma contains a much higher concentration of platelets, which speed up the healing process.  Once stem cells arrive at the site of a wound or injury, the stem cells stimulate the production of collagen, which rebuilds and repairs damaged or diseased tissues.

Dr. Larkin and PRP Therapy

Dr. Larkin is offering the revolutionary PRP therapy to patients and has already seen excellent results in patients with chronic problems, shoulder problems, tennis elbow, and knee conditions.

Dr. Larkin’s interest in PRP therapy demonstrates his commitment to bringing his patients scientifically based modalities that are on the leading edge of orthopedic medicine. Ask Dr. Larkin if you are a candidate for PRP therapy.

Does Insurance Cover PRP Therapy?

Most insurance does not yet cover PRP therapy. You may pay for injections by check or credit card. Injections are not overly expensive and, in many cases, the treatment avoids costly surgeries with lengthy recoveries so the cost-benefits are very high. Please call our office if you have any questions.

PRP Injection Procedure

PRP injections are a much simpler procedure than surgery. PRP injections are short outpatient procedures. To complete PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and the blood is then spun at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury. No stitches are necessary since just a needle was used.

The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays, and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.

Up to three injections may be given within a six-month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.

The goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, and could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.

Research studies have shown PRP therapy to be effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal activities and daily lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

PRP History & Studies

In recent years, news headlines have featured the amazing results that professional athletes have experienced with PRP therapy. Pro football players Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy after injuries that should have sidelined them for months; instead, they returned to play in a matter of weeks, winning the Super Bowl that year.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Takashi Saito received PRP therapy for an elbow condition and returned to play in just a few months, versus up to 14 months that recovery from surgery would have taken. Unprecedented results have also been reported for other professional soccer, baseball, and football players. While PRP therapy is just beginning to become mainstream news, it actually has been around for quite some time.

Although PRP therapy is relatively new to the field of orthopedics, it has been used for more than 20 years in dentistry. PRP therapy has been used to promote healing following jaw reconstruction for patients with cancer. Its use has expanded to other medical specialties, including cardiovascular surgery, sports medicine, urology, cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology. These studies show that recovery time is quicker and the risks are lower with PRP therapy. Researchers are now focused on its use in musculoskeletal injuries.

In the field of orthopedics, PRP therapy has been studied for use in the joints, spine, bone, and tendons. Because the studies have used a small number of participants, larger studies are necessary before the results can be generalized. Researchers are optimistic that after future studies, insurance will cover the procedure, and they speculate that the procedure may become a protocol before surgical treatment.

PRP Therapy in St. Louis, MO: A Non-Surgical Option for Ligament and Tendon Injuries

PRP therapy just might be the alternative to surgery you’ve been looking for. Talk with an expert in St. Peters, Missouri today about your options. Call Advanced Bone & Joint at (636) 229-4222 for details.