Platelet Rich Plasma
The goal of platelet rich plasma is essentially to stimulate healing by utilizing the patient’s own platelets. Platelets are a normal component of blood and play a major role in the initial stages of healing after an injury. While other important cell types and molecules are present in PRP, platelets are the primary component thought to be responsible for initiating a healing response during injury. When injected, PRP may speed healing in a recent injury, re-initiate a healing response in chronic injury, or modulate an immune response in more conditions such as arthritis. Studies on PRP have exploded over the last decade as a result of its wide range of potential uses, including established effectiveness for conditions including tendinopathies (tendonitis, tendinosis, partial tears), spinal complaints (facet, disc, nerve), cartilage disorders and arthritis.
At FoRM, with over 10 years experience in regenerative medicine we have treated a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions with success. Please inquire now if still questioning if we have treated your condition. Chances are, we have!
Joints and Cartilage: Osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, labral tears, chondromalacia.
Ligaments: Chronic and acute sprains. Includes MCL, LCL, PCL, ACL at the knee, ATFL and deltoid ligaments at the ankle, wrist injuries.
Tendons: Chronic and acute strains, tendinosis/tendinitis, partial tears. Includes tennis and golfers elbow, patellar tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendons, runner's knee, rotator cuff, calcific tendinitis.
Spinal and Facet: Whiplash injuries, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, chronic low back pain, DJD and disc related pain, facet syndrome, headaches.
Shin splints, plantar fasciosis/fasciitis.
"I'm a 66 year old practitioner of Crossfit, a vigorous regiment of weight training, mobility training and gymnastics. I had been involved in the sport when I damaged my shoulder.
Dr Minarik identified the issue as a complex combination of bursitis, tendinitis, torn ligaments and a generally unhealthy 66 year old shoulder. He recommended several PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatments. I was unfamiliar with the procedure and did some research. I liked the non-surgical approach. My own blood was withdrawn, modified, and re injected into very specific locations in my shoulder. My recovery has been more than I had hoped.
I continued to increase strength and mobility training. At the beginning of 2014 I began training of the Crossfit Open Games. I completed the 5 session competition several weeks ago. I finished 339th worldwide in my age/gender group and 24th in the Northwest region. The competition included, among other movements, pull-ups, dead lifts, burpees, and thrusters. All of these movements required a strong, active, healthy shoulder.
Thanks for the treatment and the resulting opportunity to become a better Crossfit athlete".
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For injections into a joint, such as for osteoarthritis, there is typically minimal discomfort, as the PRP solution used often helps modulate or reduce joint irritation.
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