Autologous Growth Factor
What is Autologous Growth Factor?
Blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets and comes from the patients blood. Platelet rich plasma (abbreviated PRP) is a treatment used for a variety of common orthopedic conditions. By injecting PRP and its concentration of platelet cells, also containing growth factors, can help in the healing process of chronic injuries and with pain. This is a safe and natural way for your body to accelerate the healing process, rather than blocking or masking your pain.
How is PRP Obtained?
PRP is obtained from the patient who is being treated. Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the patient's arm and the blood is placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The physician extracts the platelet-rich portion of the blood, and injects this into the area of injury. There is not just platelets in the concentrated layer of the "spun" blood, but also other important growth factors, plasma, and some red blood cells. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection, and a low risk of allergic reaction. PRP is a safe, non-surgical procedure.
PRP therapy procedures treat a variety of conditions including back and neck pain, Tennis elbow, arthritis pain, rotator cuff injuries, foot and ankle pain, and ligament and tendon injuries.