Platelet Rich Plasma
Curious about PRP and regenerative medicine? Take charge of your health and recovery by calling us today for your free 15 minute phone consultation, 250.770.1079.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine that has been used for decades in surgical settings - from bone grafting in dentistry to hastening healing times and reducing infection rates in cosmetic surgery. It is only in recent years that this application has come into the chronic pain arena. PRP is being used to treat knee ligament tears, rotator cuff tendon tears, osteoarthritis, hip joint degeneration, back pain, tendonopathy, to name a few.
PRP is one of the regenerative therapies that Dr. Deirdre O'Neill offers at Alpine Natural Health. Her other specialties are:
Prolotherapy Perineural Injection Therapy
Nutritional Optimization for Recovery Screening Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
This alternative to surgery offers chronic pain relief through the use of your own blood! As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. O'Neill focuses her practice on supporting your body's innate ability to heal itself. Using your own platelets is one way she accomplishes this task. Below, she explains how:
The story here belongs to platelets. The heroes in the platelets are cytokines. The cytokines release growth factors and stimulate genetic activation directly at the site of injury. Among these growth factors are bone growth factors, cartilage growth factors, ligament growth factors, circulation growth factors and cellular adhesion molecules. Laying these growth factors in the heat of the damaged tissue helps to regenerate degenerated connective tissue.
PRP Procedure. Your blood is drawn and spun down into layers by a centrifuge. The platelet poor plasma is drawn off. What is left is the platelet rich portion. This small concentrate is then injected into the injured area.
This concentrate of Platelet Rich Plasma is 3-5x higher in platelets than in normal blood.
The injection technique for PRP is the same as in prolotherapy. Just different ingredients. PRP is essentially a ramped up version of prolotherapy. PRP can be initiated within weeks of an acute injury and is administered every 4 weeks. Typically two to three treatments are all that is required.
If your primary care physician or specialist has you on a waiting list for an MRI or surgery, you are a perfect candidate for PRP. There's no need to wait in pain, wondering if surgery is the right step for you. Call us today to learn more about how we help you body heal itself with natural medicine like PRP and prolotherapy.
Dr. O'Neill can talk with you about your options during a free 15 minute phone consultation, 250.770.1079.
A portion of your PRP therapy may be covered by your extended health care plan. Contact us for additional details.
You'll find Alpine Natural Health in Penticton, BC. If you are near Summerland, Osoyoos, Peachland, Kelowna, or Vernon, you are close by. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deirdre O'Neill, please contact us at 250.770.1079.