Regenerative Injection Therapies
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a promising, natural solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis, without subjecting the patient to significant risk. PRP is an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as "Orthobiologics." The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Blood is made of red blood cells, white blood cells), plasma, and platelets. When in their resting state, platelets look like sea sponges, and when activated they form branches. Platelets were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting. In the last 20 years we have learned that when activated in the body, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. Therefore after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery.
Dr. Bronner has worked with many NFL and pro athletes helping them heal faster and recover quicker along with Navy SEAL's using state of the art regenerative therapies. He has been using regenerative modalities like platelet-rich plasma and prolotherapy for years successfully to treat and help heal patients injuries both acute and chronic.
"I went to see Doc Bron for prolotherapy (a non-surgical procedure to relieve chronic pain). After seeing him several times and having wonderful results, I also received a PRP treatment (Platelet Rich Plasma injection). I was blown away by the results. I can't tell you how many things I have tried for these injuries. And after just a couple months with Doc Bron my body is healthier than it has been in several years. It has allowed me to train at a high level and have the confidence that if I start to feel problems in my tendons/muscles that I can get in to see Doc Bron and my injuries will be combated."
Doc Bron's treatments played a huge role in cutting my recovery time in half. I suffered a third-degree muscle strain and was back up and running in six days.
Doc Bron takes care of me and keeps me healthy. A.G.
My job demands that I push myself to the very limits of human capability. Doc Bron makes sure I can be on top of my game and be good to go.
M.V. Senior Chief (Ret)
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What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a treatment to help the body repair damaged ligaments causing pain around joints and at distant areas. The basic tenet of Prolotherapy is that laxity of a joint causes the joint to become unstable and this causes pain. The laxity could have occurred from trauma or years of overuse and abuse. Or in the case of some arthritides, just use in daily living.
The concept behind Prolotherapy is the body has experienced trauma in a joint, and the ligament and support structures are damaged. With that damage, the joint develops increased laxity. With the increased laxity, the joint becomes unstable and the patient experiences pain at the joint and possibly at places away from the joint.
The idea is to inject medicines into the ligaments that cause the ligaments and joints to release a cascade of healing factors that eventually repair the ligaments. As the healing factors repair the ligaments, the joint increases instability and the pain resolve permanently.
The areas of injury are identified by history and physical examination. They are identified by feeling areas that are painful and certain injuries refer pain to other areas away from the injured joint, such as, leg pain from the low back.
Next, the areas are gently injected with a medicine called a “proliferant”. This medicine causes inflammation to occur at the site of injection. When the body uses its natural abilities to repair the inflammation, new fibers are created in the ligaments to help support the joint. As this occurs, the joint becomes more stable and the pain is reduced.
Benefits and Risks:
Benefits: The main benefits are decreased pain and increased joint stability. With less pain and more mobility, the patient can increase activities and hopefully improve overall health. Moreover, many surgeries can be avoided when using Prolotherapy.
Risks: The injections are placed into ligaments and joints. Great care is taken to do this with as little pain as possible and to prevent infections. But, the pain will occur with the shots and after, although each person is different.
The injections are done near arteries, veins, and nerves and sometimes those are touched during the procedure. In the neck, upper, and lower back are sites that are near the spinal cord and nerves that come from the spine. Also, in the upper back, the lung can be in proximity to the injection site. However, with proper technique and careful placing of the needles, these sites can be avoided.
More Thoughts on Treating Pain:
Also, remember we are trying to help your body heal itself with these injections. Prolotherapy is only one component of our pain program. You must have good nutrition, take appropriate supplements to help rebuild joints, and detoxify your system. Also, you must have your hormones in balance, as well as stop smoking and have a positive mental attitude.