Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets). The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
To process a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from the patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. The increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood which is then injected into the area requiring treatment.
PRP is not for everyone. It is not a first line treatment option. Injuries must be persistent, lasting at least 2 months and not responding to conservative treatment. The primary goal of our resource here is to provide a basic overview of your options regarding PRP. If you are a good candidate for treatment we will have to evaluate your case with one of our doctors.
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Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also know as Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and rejuvenate injured and painful joints and connective tissue.
Concentrated dextrose is injected into soft tissues (tendons, bursa, ligaments and/or joints). The dextrose causes cells to swell and disrupt, triggering the release of factors that stimulate healing. Prolotherapy requires multiple injections, a common course of treatment includes several treatments over a 3 month period. To determine if you are a good candidate for treatment we will have to evaluate your case with one of our doctors.
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An ultrasound is used for precise needle placement for all injections. Ultrasound guidance is a basic requirement for Platelet Rich Plasma and Prolotherapy.
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Like Prolotherapy, concentrated dextrose is injected into area of nerve inflammation. These injections have been clinically shown to reduce or eliminate peripheral nerve pain within seconds.
The number of treatments required will be determined by the doctor at the time of your assessment.
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Please read through the list of conditions which we treat and those which we are unable to before filling out the Intake Assessment Form.
In order to have an assessment it is imperative that you read through all of the information. Horizon Joint Rejuvenation Centre will require the following from you before you are contacted by our Appointment Coordinator.
1) Intake Form Completed click here
2) Current Radiograph
Reports of the area of concern.
NOTE: If you are an Alberta Resident we can access that information. However, if you are from out of Province, those reports must be emailed or faxed to our office.
3) Reviewed Post- Treatment Instructions. This is vitally important as some medications must be stopped prior to and after treatment. Not discontinuing these medications could result in treatment postponed.
NOTE: Always talk to your family doctor before you stop taking any medications prior to your assessment.