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Top Six Reasons Why Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Fail

The other day we received an email from a person who had Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection that failed to produce any results. “Not impressed, did not work for me. Had it done for my back,” she said. Comments like these are charged with emotions as almost all of these patients have paid for PRP injections out of their own pockets. That’s why the same patient also added later “…but did empty my wallet.” For us, her comment was one of the kinder ones. Others, who were really mad at seeing their money wasted, called it a sham, quackery, and “ways for doctors to make money.” We understand this sentiment. And we can’t argue with the fact that these treatments may have been failures.

But the thing is very few people, including some expert physicians understand why these PRP injections fail.

What The Tremendous Popularity Of PRP Means

In the 1990s, there were about 150 new research articles on Platelet-Rich Plasma every year. At least in the Pubmed database. Back then, only a select group of physicians who really understood the treatment actually offered it to their patients. Now, just this year alone, there were more than 600 new articles. The trend line has gone from a gradual climb to a “U curve” or exploding popularity.

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And so did the number of physicians offering this treatment.

Certainly, money wasn’t the objective for those physicians – for if it were, the best ways to do it would’ve been to prescribe a battery of tests, drugs and surgeries approved by insurance companies. Instead, the physicians started offering it once they knew well the inherent benefits of an interventional autologous medicine like Platelet-Rich Plasma.

The problem is, not all physicians were that passionate about it.

Some did it because patients asked for it. Some did it because everyone else was doing it. Still others just wanted to experiment with it casually.

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And so not all Platelet-Rich Plasma injections worked. That’s why, as the treatment exploded in popularity, we saw a small portion of those treatments end up being a waste of the patient’s money – and that gets talked about a lot because, as I mentioned above, the patient usually has huge emotional response to the outcome.

But on the other hand, majority of the patients are happy about their results.

“I had it done on my injury and MAN, IT REALLY WORKS!!!”

That’s another response we got on the SAME DAY that this women told us it didn’t work for her. Another physician also told us the very same day, “PRP works great. We have had fantastic results on patients in the office.”

So what’s making the difference?

Why do some PRP treatments work spectacularly while some others turn out to be a dud?

That’s what we’ll explain in the rest of this post here. There are six main reasons why it can fail. Plus a seventh no-so-common reason. Let’s look at them one by one.

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1. Improper Selection of Patients

As much as the Platelet-Rich Plasma injection enthusiasts would like beat the drum of its universality of application, there are certain instances where a PRP injection may be unnecessary. The classic case is demonstrated in the 2015 Double-Blind Randomized, Placebo-controlled Study that showed that PRP injections are NOT beneficial at all.

According to expert researchers we subscribe to, it is clear that this study had selected the WRONG PATIENTS!!!

Here’s what that means. This study, conducted by researchers at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, New Jersey, was done in the emergency care department where patients who’d just had a ankle sprain were given a Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection.

First of all, ankle sprains are relatively acute medical condition, commonly occurring due to over-stretching and tearing of the muscle or tendon. And they’re usually healed on their own. The thing that emergency care physicians usually do for this condition is to put ice packs or local anesthetic to numb the pain so the patient can rest. For patients who’re very active, their body is able to heal itself from most of these types of ankle sprains very rapidly. For them, a PRP injection might not accelerate healing. On the other hand, because injections break up the tissue and poke holes, it can actually cause unnecessary complications.

That’s why successful studies on Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are almost always done on chronic wounds and injuries that wouldn’t heal on its own. If you’re out to test PRP’s efficacy, the untreated-by-PRP “control group” should be non-healable so we can determine clearly the effects of PRP.

So definitely, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are not ideal for emergency care.

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The same is true for patients on the other end of the spectrum. That is the category of patients who’d been on steroids and drugs for a long time and are in the very advanced stages of the disease. Although there might be hope, Platelet-Rich Plasma might not be enough to reverse course here.

The ideal candidate for Platelet-Rich Plasma injection is a patient who has a relatively new, chronic musculoskeletal condition and whose only other option is surgery or heavy steroid/drug use.

2. Use of certain drugs

One of the other reasons why Platelet-Rich Plasma may not be ideal for emergency care patients is that when patients come in with intense pain, it’s a common practice for the ER physician to administer powerful local anesthetics and/or steroids in high dose. The problem with both of them is that they are are known to be toxic to stem cells and growth factors as shown here here, here and here. So if you’re using these steroids, anesthetics or drugs, it is recommended to wait till the patient can get off of them before applying Platelet-Rich Plasma. Otherwise, the toxicity of the chemicals may limit Platelet-Rich Plasma’s ability to recruit stem cells to the area.

For example, the local anesthetic Marcaine is found to be extremely harmful to stem cells even in small quantities. So as a general practice, the patient has to avoid harmful steroids, anesthetics and drugs at the time or up to 48 hours prior to PRP injections.

3. Lack of Rehab

It’s been reported that PRP injection works well when combined with the physical therapy for sports injuries. However, some physicians mistakenly see PRP injections as an alternative to physical therapy. Hence the comparisons like these where PRP is pitted as a rival to physical therapy. The fact is Platelet-Rich Plasma can only supplement the effects of a proper rehabilitation program as illustrated in this study which demonstrated that PRP + physiotherapy is more effective than Dry Needling + Physiotherapy for patellar tendonisis.

There is one thing we need to add to that though. Most PRP injections are done in a way that breaks up scar tissue and triggers new healing response to which the platelets can respond. So the best post-Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment rehab program is one which treats the patients as if they just had an acute injury. Meaning, the physiotherapy regimen following a PRP injection has to aim at square one – stimulation of blood flow to the injured area to provoke the inflammatory response. This is a different approach than the usual where the PT tries to attenuate the inflammatory response.

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4. Under dosing

Under-dosing is a serious problem in this field. If you’re using PRP with below 3X platelet concentration, you’re under-dosing your patients. An example is the PT vs PRP study we highlighted earlier. Not only did they mistakenly conclude that Platelet-Rich Plasma could be an alternative to Physiotherapy, they were severely under dosing the patients by using PRP with 2.1-2.5X concentration of platelets.

Studies have shown that a concentration of at least 1,000,000 platelets/µl is needed for optimal therapeutic benefits. That is 5X the concentration of platelets in normal whole blood. Here is one such study.

That is the very reason why we advocate not using Gel-based PRP Kit for PRP separation. The problem with gel-based kit is that most of the platelets will get trapped in the gel. Instead a kit like DrPRP kit gives you 5X-9X platelets because it uses a mechanical separation process while giving the same 1-step convenience of gel separators.

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5. Using PRP as just another injectate

There is a fundamental difference between Platelet-Rich Plasma based orthopedic intervention and typical modern surgical and drug-based treatment. And that is surgery and the drugs are designed to eliminate symptoms of diseases. For example, pain is one of many symptoms that occur when a certain part of the body is out of balance. By taking a drug, steroid, NSAID or even undergoing surgical correction, the physician hopes that the pain goes away. This approach has led to all the problems that we face in modern orthopedic medicine. Because when we treat symptoms, the underlying problems usually don’t go away.

But scores of physicians look at Platelet-Rich Plasma with that same attitude. They inject Platelet-Rich Plasma expecting the symptoms to go away.

That’s NOT what Platelet-Rich Plasma is for.

Platelet-Rich Plasma is a HEALING AGENT. It’s different. It’s not designed to eliminate symptoms like a drug. The only thing that PRP can do is use the body to heal itself.

So the first task, if you’re an orthopedic surgeon or someone treating a musculoskeletal issue, is to IDENTIFY precisely what’s producing the symptoms. This means looking at the connection between various muscles, tendons and ligaments. Understanding how they work in unison and finding out what’s causing stress in the system. All the muscles and ligaments and tendons are like different pieces of the puzzle – pulling weights in sync with their functions. So if there’s a anomaly in the whole picture, chances are one of the pieces of the puzzle is not able to carry out its job.

For an easy example, a tightness in the hamstring might be a result of a twisted ligament or bone in the back caused by a bad sitting posture. So in addition to injecting PRP to the hamstring, you might also need to inject to the ligament or bone on the back. And advise the patient to change posture.

This is the definition of Interventional Orthopedics.

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And it requires extensive experience on the anatomy – AND delivering precise injections into the weaker links in the musculoskeletal system to improve overall function of the body. This means using image guidance technologies like fluoroscopy (Ultrasound guidance isn’t enough) to accurately place Platelet-Rich Plasma on areas which require healing. These type of injections enable efficient tissue regeneration and healing, and is usually not taught in medical school, residency, or fellowship.

That’s why we encourage physicians who’re offering PRP injections to get certified by taking one of the courses at the non-profit Interventional Orthopedics foundation.

Getting certified in Advanced Injection practices will make your Platelet-Rich Plasma results more consistent. There is a must-have for all physicians offering PRP Injections. It will also educate you on all the different ways regenerative medicine is being used right now.

6. Thinking only about relieving pain

We touched on it a little on the section above, but this is a broad topic that deserves an explanation on its own. Platelet-Rich Plasma as a healing tool is not something that you should make use of when your patients are in pain. Instead, PRP is used for a wide variety of issues that doesn’t involve pain including wound healing, skin aging reversal, wrinkle correction, dry eye syndrome, nerve regeneration, bone union, hair regeneration and even women’s fertility restoration and strengthening the uterus.

The bottom line is… Platelet-Rich Plasma isn’t just a tool for containing pain due to sports injuries. That days are far behind us now. Today, every physician, from the family physicians to neurologists and cardiologists, to fertility specialists and optometrists, to dermatologists and hair restoration experts… everyone uses Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Plus, more and more applications are discovered every day.

Platelet-Rich Plasma, on its own without funding by Big Pharma or the government, has become an integral part of modern medicine.

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BONUS: The 7th Reason Why PRP Injections Fail

7. Super-concentration of Platelets

We know all analogies are imperfect but we like to use the expresso shot analogy when it comes to platelets. Platelets are like expresso shots for healing. But like expresso shots, your body can’t function using expresso shots alone. It needs food. That’s why studies like this one by Giusti has shown that super concentrating the Platelets may not only be useless, it can actually be harmful. What they did was completely isolate Platelets and platelets alone – and applied it in different concentrations on tendon cells to see if higher concentrations hurt or helped. That’s not Platelet-Rich Plasma. That’s just platelets.

And Platelets alone can’t do the job. In fact, it has nothing to support the survival of cells.

Instead, Platelet-Rich Plasma, is rich in Platelets while also including a small portion of RBC, WBC and the plasma serum which contains the nutrients the cells needed to survive.

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That’s why research shows that taking the concentration above 1,000,000 platelets/µl doesn’t necessarily increase therapeutic benefits and as the Giusti study pointed out, it can actually have a detrimental effect.

This may not be an issue for the average physician, but it is possible to make this mistake thinking that higher concentration is better. That’s why we believe choosing the right Platelet-Rich Plasma kit plays an important role.

Because the kit has to produce Platelet-Rich Plasma in the ideal concentration – not just Platelets – so it can work every single time you administer it on patients.

Patent Application By Allan K Mishra

Speaking of the composition of Platelet-Rich Plasma, the famed Stanford researcher and Platelet-Rich Plasma pioneer Allan K. Mishra has recently filed a patent application titled “PLATELET RICH PLASMA FORMULATIONS” which can be found here. In it, Mishra claims he’s identified specific concentration of platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells for treating treating connective tissue and/or cardiac tissue damage. It’s worth a look if you’re curious.

Add Regenerative Medicine to Your Practice

If you need help in getting started with Platelet-Rich Plasma, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (844) 377-7787 for a quick consultation. We can support you not only in supplying all the necessary equipment, but also provide you with the information you need to be a confident pioneer in this field. We’re looking forward to having you as part of our family.

You can also email us via hello@drprpusa.com or visit our shop to order directly.

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Six Reasons To Offer Your Patients Platelet-Rich Plasma

For most musculoskeletal issues, the effects of immunosuppressants, steroids, DMARDs and protein-blocking drugs, never good to start with, usually wanes off after repeated use. And when it does, the patients realize that during the time the symptoms were being masked by these drugs, the disease was actually progressing at a steady pace. By this time though, it may already be in an advanced stage. That’s why more and more patients today are opting for natural biologics like Platelet-Rich Plasma at the earliest possible instead of waiting till all options are exhausted. This is the Self-Healing revolution.

And it’s just getting started.

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The revolution, which some doctors call “the anabolic era of medicine,” has already eliminated the need for certain traditional methods of disease-intervention like invasive joint replacement surgeries and harmful drugs for hundreds of thousands of patients. Here are some very recent patient testimonials so you can get an idea.

Catherine was diagnosed with a rotator cuff problem about 2 years ago and had trouble lifting her arm. After just two PRP injections she’s now feeling really really great. See the video below for more.

George was suffering from Plantar Fascitis which was curtailing his otherwise active lifestyle. He took a year to rehab and tried a couple of other treatments before being referred to this particular doctor for PRP injections. And again, after just two PRP Injections, the pain he’s been suffering for a year was gone.

This is another amazing story. Bodybuilder Greg had suffered a complete tear in his muscle and tendon – doctors told him his condition is untreatable and that he’d have to live with a physical deformation for the rest of his life. After two and a half months and zero progress, he decided to try Platelet-Rich Plasma. Within 16 days, it had healed and today his muscle is 100% back to normal and he’s doing training.

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Hear what he says in the video below.

Although, I am not in anyway claiming that Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection works for everyone, I do believe that almost everyone with a musculoskeletal issue is an excellent candidate for it.

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Most physicians that we talk to (see our clients list here) say they see a success rate upwards of 80% in the chapter with PRP treatments regardless of the condition they treat. In this classic book about PRP, Dr. Bittencourt et al say, in 203 cases they studied including “38 epicondylitis, 45 Achilles tendonitis, 25 patellar tendonitis, 12 hamstring origin (ischial tuberosity) tendonitis, 08 plantar fasciitis, 08 flexor carpi ulnarii tendonitis, 07 pes anserinus tendonitis, 04 biceps femoris tendonitis, 03 iliopsoas tendonitis, 06 athletic pubalgias and 06 biceps brachii tendonitis,” they saw success rates in excess of 75%.

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It’s amazing how they’re utilizing PRP Injection’s therapeutic effects across the board whether its orthopedic healing, wound management, hair regeneration, facial rejuvenation or pain-reduction. NIH says PRP works by “promoting better collagen I deposition, decreased cellularity, less vascularity, and higher glycosaminoglycan content,” whatever that may mean.

That’s why we’re seeing record growth in the Platelet-Rich Plasma market.

It has long ceased being a fad that only a group of sports medicine specialists promote because pro-athletes like Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward had used it with remarkable success. And certainly has moved beyond the realm of boutique clinics. Instead, thousands of clinics all over the nation are now offering it. It is the wave of the future, still in its early-phase of saturation. And you can be one of the pioneers in the field.

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Here are six reasons why you should start offering Platelet-Rich Plasma for your patients today.

1. Clear and Obvious Results

There would be no point in discussing a treatment if it doesn’t deliver results. You only need to look at ONE SOLID STUDY LIKE THIS to conclude its efficacy because the way Platelet-Rich Plasma works is not unique to conditions treated. Meaning, if it works for tennis elbow, chances are, it will work for achilles heel too. As well as chronic wounds, spine disc regeneration, bone healing, tendinopathy and much more.

That is to say, the science behind Platelet-Rich Plasma is solid. The growth factors within platelets, mainly platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have been found again and again to be agents capable of healing tissues. PRP was initially tested by dentists in the 1990s for repair of bones after oral surgeries. Since then scores of the physicians have used it to treat the following with excellent success rates.

  • Rotator cuff injuries (study here)
  • Tennis & golfer’s elbow (study here)
  • Hamstring, hip, knee and ankle strains and sprains (study here)
  • Achilles tendinosis & plantar fasciitis (study here)
  • Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis (study here)
  • Degenerative disc disease of the spine (study here)
  • Nerve injury and neurological pain (study here)
  • Chronic ulcers and post-surgical wound healing (study here)
  • Burns, skin grafts, and scar tissue remodeling (study here)

Yes, physicians have successfully used PRP to treat these conditions for OVER A DECADE now. Yet, there are some physicians who’re only now starting to see the possibilities of this autologous healing agent. They’ve been very dismissive about it until now thanks in part due to the healthcare industry’s lackadaisical approach to it.

Fortunately, much of that is changing. The future is looking bright for Platelet-Rich Plasma. A quick search in clinical trials database reveals 101 clinical trials at the time of this writing.

And it has now become a powerful force in modern medicine.

2. Simple outpatient procedure – zero down time

Preparation of Platelet-Rich Plasma is a procedure that puts the latest high-technology protein-blocking drugs to shame (more on that later) in every sense. Prepared using a simple desktop centrifuge in about 10 minutes (not including the time to draw blood), PRP delivers more therapeutic benefits than many other billion dollar drugs used for the same purpose. The entire procedure takes a maximum of 45 minutes and patients can return to their usual daily routine immediately. Plus the produced PRP is capable of remaining sterile and viable for a couple of hours.

And the safety record? Excellent, in all its use cases.

This may be one of the reasons why patients keep coming back for more once they’ve had an initial injection. The more the better they say. (We don’t agree with them though.)

3. Eliminates invasive surgeries in the long run

Platelet-Rich Plasma acts on the body in the most natural way you can think of – by triggering a healing cascade consisting of hemostasis, inflammation and proliferation phases. This is the way our bodies are designed to heal. It doesn’t aggravate the disease by blocking the natural function of cells, which is what almost all other drugs are designed to do. Therefore the earlier your patients have Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, the less likely that things will get complicated enough to warrant a surgery. We’ve heard from doctors again and again that their patients who were prescribed surgery ended up not having surgery for years.

Platelet-Rich Plasma can actually regenerate tissues, muscles, ligaments and even bones. It works like stem cells but with little less dramatic results and none of the side-effects that stem cell treatments are notorious for.

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Here’s what one of the doctors had to say.

4. The Age Of Ortho-Biologics Is Here – There’s No Escape

One of the biggest reasons why physicians don’t start offering Platelet-Rich Plasma sooner is that they mistakenly think that PRP is just a fad and it might vanish entirely a few years later. But the fact is, the biologic era of medicine is here. And Platelet-Rich Plasma is leading it. And in coming years, putting together joints and discs using steel may look primitive as more scientific data emerge in favor of Platelet-Rich Plasma. Some experts suggest that injection therapies may replace up to 70% to 80% of the surgeries in the near future.

In other words, this shift in treatment paradigm is big.

The earlier you get in, the more expertise you gain. There is a reason why some doctors get amazing results with PRP while others struggle to make it work. The reason is clear. The ones that make it work have a thorough understanding of the science behind it, and are confident about the limits and potential of the treatment. In this case, there is no substitute for experience. The sooner you start doing them, the more confident you become in PRP injection therapy. Don’t wait.

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5. No Risk Of Side Effects Or Mutagenic Effects

One of the biggest drawbacks blocking the stem cell treatments from going mainstream is the potential for the treatments to go horribly wrong. Since Platelet-Rich Plasma acts on cells via transmembrane signal cascades and doesn’t modulate the cells and their functions, there can potentially be no harmful effects from using it. That’s why you DON’T NEED FDA approval to start offering Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments.

It also means that aside from occasional patient dissatisfaction with PRP – could happen in less than 10% of the cases – there is nothing else you need to worry about. No further complications, regulatory actions, or lawsuits can arise. If it doesn’t work, fine. You can try some other treatments. Or you can even combine it with other injection treatments, provided the combination does’t negate the effects of PRP – we’re seeing a trend towards that as evidenced by this study where the therapeutic effects were doubled when PRP was added to the treatment.

That’s why your decision to start offering PRP is going to be an easy one.

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6. Low Cost Of Entry And Lower Costs For Patients

As I mentioned earlier, a very low investment in a simple desktop centrifuge like this and the PRP Kit will get you up and going with PRP injection treatments.

And you don’t have to worry about stocking up on expensive drugs or other raw materials. Your cost of goods sold is very low. That can translate to lower costs for the patient.

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But, I’m not suggesting that it will be all a smooth ride with Platelet-Rich Plasma. One of the challenges you may face is generating standardized protocols for different patient use cases. This can take a while due to trial and error – a fact evident in the current literature, where different studies follow slightly different protocols resulting in varied outcome.

So you have to use your expertise in developing protocols to maximize your results. Some factors that may come into play are the activation method, presence of red blood cells, number of spins in centrifuge, proficiency in ultrasonic image guidance, number of leukocytes and photo-activation of PRP.

You may also have to test things like Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix depending on your therapeutic needs.

Webinar: Intradiscal Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Dr. Gregory Lutz is one of the early pioneers in Platelet-Rich Plasma – he is the author of a prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled study on lumbar intradiskal PRP injections. And here in the video below, Dr. Lutz discusses his experience and provides case examples for PRP treatments.

PRP Vs The Latest FDA-approved $1 Billion Arthritis Drug

This past May(2017), the FDA approved a drug known as Kevzara – an interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) blocker. According to the reports, this drug costs patients (or their insurance providers) $39,000 a year and is expected to generate upwards of $1 billion in revenue for the licensing company by the year 2023. This is a drug that offers at best a temporary 66% improvement in signs and symptoms when using with another DMARD – and carries a risk of producing serious immunological disorders as the drug affects the immune system.

Now, in contrast, the autologous, non-immunogenic Platelet-Rich Plasma needs only a couple of injections that has no side effects – all of it produced from a little desktop centrifuge at your local office. No patent licensing fees involved. Sure, the patient has to pay a couple hundred bucks out of pocket, but which one do you think an informed patient will choose?

Come join the revolution by getting started with Platelet-Rich Plasma. Click here or call us at (844) 377-7787 to talk to us. We’ll support you in the setup and marketing of PRP.

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Three PRP Treatments Revolutionizing Skincare
Three PRP Treatments That Are Revolutionizing Skincare

While there are thousands of skincare centers nationwide offering at least one PRP treatment for their customers, most of them doesn’t go beyond the PRP Micro-needling treatment popularized by Kim Kardashian. The reason is – it is the simplest of all Platelet-Rich Plasma aesthetic treatments around and also the most sought-after treatment. This is all good until they realize the immense potential of PRP treatments. What they’re missing out on is the fact that once you’ve made the investment for Platelet-Rich Plasma which includes a centrifuge, PRP kits and staff training, they can start offering a whole suite of treatments for their clients.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma’s Quiet Revolution In The Skincare World

One great thing about PRP treatments is that the protocol for obtaining high quality Platelet-Rich Plasma is the same regardless of its application. Whether its joint injuries, osteoarthritis, bone healing, spinal disc regeneration or skin rejuvenation, the process is the same: draw up to 20cc blood from the patient, place it into the centrifuge which concentrates the platelets and then draw out the Platelet-Rich Plasma for immediate application. This simple process coupled with PRP’s vast scope of healing makes it one of the most significant advances in modern medicine. In fact, one physician, Dr. Lewis Maharam M.D. aka The Running Doc, who regularly writes for New York Daily News calls it “the greatest innovation since the invention of MRI.”

That applies to skincare as well. The Platelet-Rich Plasma you obtain from your clients can be used for a number of treatments, the demand for which are only growing. Here are a few ideas – these are probably the most popular/cutting-edge PRP treatments performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

1. Facial Skin Augmentation With Fillers

The topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma with Micro-needling can help regenerate the degrading skin cells and promote collagen production to keep skin plump and supple. This basic process may be enough for some of your clients. But those who’re looking for more than just skin rejuvenation, you may have to go deeper. To augment the face with natural, feminine volume, you’re going to have to inject Platelet-Rich Plasma deeper into the dermis. This will supply the growth factors to the degraded dermal tissues under the surface.

For volume though, you’ll need a filler. You can either go for a Platelet-Poor Plasma (PPP) based filler (PPP is the left-over from the Platelet-Rich Plasma process – you can read about the process in detail here.) or you can use any Hyaluronic Acid filler like Restylane Lyft.

This combination injection treatment has been proven to work well. One study by Dr. Daniel Sister analyzes the effect of a combination of platelet rich plasma, hyaluronic acid, and succinic acid for facial augmentation. The treatment showed 100% success rate.

The combination treatment seems to be evolving into a new standard in facial augmentation. It’s definitely seeing growing demand.

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2. RePigmentation And Vitiligo Correction With CO2 Laser

Companies spend millions of dollars on research to turn defective cells healthy and to increase the skin’s collagen production. They are looking into DNA technology to pull this off. But adding Platelet-Rich Plasma to existing treatment methods may be a simple and effective way to achieve the same results. Scientists from Cairo, Egypt had recently proven that adding PRP injections to fractional CO2 laser treatment for correcting vitiligo can boost the results by 4X compared to just using the laser alone. This is great news because given that CO2 laser can also be used to treat facial wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars, it seems we can significantly boost the results by combining it with PRP injections.

And if PRP is capable of boosting the effects of CO2 lasers, chances are, it can do the same for some of the other facial resurfacing treatments that you already offer your clients. Isn’t that an amazing opportunity… to offer the same treatments you’ve been administering for years – but only this time it’s significantly more effective with a secret biologic hack? Hundreds of skincare clinics are just doing that. It’s time to get on the bandwagon and start surprising your clients.

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As one of our friend-clinic owner says, PRP treatments have been a big boon to the business (PRP treatment has a 100% “worth it” rating on real self) as even people who’d had total skin resurfacing have responded well with it.

3. Hair Rejuvenation With Auto-injection

Mesotherapy is a well-known treatment that uses painless micro-injections for delivering active ingredients evenly to skin surface. This novel procedure has a reputation for improving the quality results obtained by traditional skin rejuvenation substances like vitamins and peptides. And as many skincare clinics have discovered, there could never have been a more synergistic technology than this for Platelet-Rich Plasma. The Meso Gun, as we call it, can be used to deliver an even amount of Platelet-Rich Plasma to the face, neck, chest, and hands for rejuvenation and reduction of wrinkles and discoloration, to thighs and tummy for treatment of cellulite and stretch marks, and to the scalp for the treatment of hair loss.

The big winner from this pairing of technologies is the hair loss treatment. Platelet-Rich Plasma when administered on the scalp using Mesotherapy works as an “elixir for hair growth” – and here’s a recent peer-reviewed study on Stemcell investigation journal that confirms this. Hair loss treatment is one of the examples where PRP treatment has exceeded the expectations set by the industry.

That’s why we believe this is one of the treatments that every skincare clinic should offer. Hair-loss and thinning of hair affects both men and women and is one of the most popular cause of worry for your clients. It complements the skincare treatments you offer and you’ll see many of your clients thanking you for that.

Contact us at (844) 377-7787 for more information on the Mesotherapy gun.

If You’ve Never Heard Of These PRP Treatments

Some of these treatments are so new – you may have never heard of them before. And that’s a sign that you should offer them immediately. If you have joined the Platelet-Rich Plasma bandwagon, it’s only intuitive to expand your offerings from just a PRP-micro-needling treatment to these in-demand procedures. You can do this with very little changes, if any, to your existing Platelet-Rich Plasma setup. And chances are they will pair well with other treatments you offer whether it’s Kybella injections, Photo laser treatments or dermal fillers.

And if you aren’t offering Platelet-Rich Plasma yet, this post illustrates a whole lot of reasons why you should be. The demand is only getting stronger. The earlier you join, the more you’re likely to prosper from this incredible breakthrough of modern medical science.

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Are You Maximizing Your Clinic’s Potential With PRP?

If you’re getting started right now, give us a call at (844) 377-7787 or head on to our shop to setup your clinic with the right things for Platelet-Rich Plasma. Our proprietary PRP kit makes the Platelet-Rich Plasma extraction process super efficient and produces high quality PRP in far less time than it would take otherwise. You can read more about our PRP Kits here.

Platelet-Rich Plasma is the blockchain of self-healing and it’s here to stay. It will become best friends with almost every aging man and woman either through their need to reverse aging effects or the need to heal musculoskeletal issues. And both group of people will start putting trust in it once they’ve had a chance to try it. That’s why demand for PRP has skyrocketed organically – without the big pharma advertising dollars – over the past few years.

The question is, are you willing to seize its potential?

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How Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Changing Arthritis Treatments

From a mere 6% in 1940, the rate of knee arthritis in our nation has jumped to almost 16% to become one of the top causes of disability. The consequences are paramount as arthritis doesn’t just affect knees – it overpowers people with fatigue, pain, depression and even difficulty getting out of bed. Over the past few years, Platelet-Rich Plasma has quietly emerged as a
savior for many of these patients. It ushered in the anabolic era of treating Arthritis.

Of course, this coincides with Platelet-Rich Plasma’s skyrocketing adoption rate and it’s media popularity. In fact, it has become so popular that, there is even a research paper about it’s popularity!

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How Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Changing Arthritis Treatments

Traditionally, the only road available for chronic knee arthritis patients was the road to total knee replacement. It will start out with the administration of corticosteroid injections. After going through that for quite a bit, the patient will show no further progress and the surgeon would suggest knee arthroscopy for debridement of affected tissues. That would feel better for a while before the patient returns for more. The surgeon would then give them a date for total knee replacement.

All of that has changed with Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem cell treatments. Now, we have found out that the best bet we have is to administer Platelet-Rich Plasma at the earliest stages of knee arthritis to regenerate the affected tissues as soon as possible. Platelet-Rich Plasma, with its growth factors and cytokines, not only relieves the symptoms but it is proven to reverse the condition as time goes by. It creates a very beneficial, positive cellular change in the joint pathology.

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All of that without the adverse effects of an invasive surgery.

Proven Regeneration Tool Abandoned By The Big Pharma

Right now, Platelet-Rich Plasma is used for a number of musculoskeletal conditions like Rotator cuff injuries, Tennis and golfer’s elbow, Ligament strains, Knee instability, Chronic back pain, Knee and Achilles tendonitis and more. There is no adverse effects or long term implications. Few other treatments can match this record. The important distinction to be made when comparing Platelet-Rich Plasma with other existing treatments is its regeneration potential. Injecting PRP doesn’t just correct the condition – it has the potential to make it a little better than before. As far as research is concerned, most of the PRP literature concerns around knee osteoarthritis. Here’s a Level 4 systematic review and a more recent Level 1 systematic review of 10 studies with a total of 1069 patients if you want to verify the results.

Of course, it doesn’t mean all you need is a couple of PRP Injections and things will be better. Or maybe that’s it?

If the big pharma is able to package this and market, they would’ve carved out a multi-billion dollar market by now. But they can’t because the primary raw material – blood – has to be autologous and fresh for this to work efficiently. Some researchers are exploring the possibility of freeze-drying Platelet-Rich Plasma. This may or may not work depending on how well it can preserve the key elements of Platelet-Rich Plasma – the bioactive proteins in the platelets, plasma and white blood cells.

According to Bert Mandelbaum, MD, DHL (Hon), Chairman of Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Foundation and Co-Chair of Medical Affairs at the Institute of Sports Sciences, Cedars-Sinai, Platelet-Rich Plasma is more promising than stem cells. See his recent article in Medscape here.

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Still there are plenty of doctors who comes to us asking, “Where is the research? The FDA-cleared prospective, multi-center, sham-controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical trials?” Actually, the FDA is hard at work clearing devices that provide relief of pain and symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for up to 90 days by nitro-freezing the nerves!

Many Research, Many Doctors

The amount of research from independent research institutes around the world on Platelet-Rich Plasma is just a tad bit overwhelming. New findings are published almost every month on the topic. The vast number of research mirrors the immense potential of PRP Injections. And for knee osteoarthritis, there is already unquestionable proof.

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Here are some of the advocates of Platelet-Rich Plasma:

  1. Caring Medical’s Ross Hauser, MD has written a well-researched article about Platelet-Rich Plasma for knee osteoarthritis here.
  2. Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, MD, FACSM, one of the world’s most extensively credentialed and well-known sports health experts known as Running Doc™, always show great enthusiasm when describing Platelet-Rich Plasma.
  3. Best selling author and team physician of Philadelphia 76ers, Dr. Nicholas DiNubile MD recently wrote an article saying Platelet-Rich Plasma may make knee-replacement surgeries a thing of the past.
  4. Famous Long Island physician Dr. David J. Weissberg, MD, says for his patients, with just one shot of PRP, in general, gets relief from their problems without any need for surgery and slow but progressive cure in their problems.
  5. Dr.Kevin F. Darr, M.D., a national leader in orthopedic medicine and a visionary in cell therapy, combines PRP with other cell therapies and finds the results “outstanding.” Dr. Darr is one of the fifteen physicians selected to participate
    in an FDA approved Level 1 clinical study utilizing cell therapy techniques. Here’s a recent testimonial from one of his patients.

Of course, there are many more. But for those who’re skeptical in trying Platelet-Rich Plasma or even offering them to their patients – a doctor once told me he’s skeptical because he might appear as a greedy physician to his patient if he offered unproven techniques for the sake of trying it – they can rest assured that many nationally reputed doctors are ardent fans of this therapy. Plus, there’s really no risk in trying it.

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The Best Approach For Skeptical Doctors

We know many of your patients rely on medical insurance coverage for their osteoarthritis and other treatments. And many of them are pensioners. Asking them to pay out of their pockets for a treatment that you yourself have doubts in – that’s impossible. While we hope the insurance starts accepting it, we can’t just ignore the results. You’ve seen the research, and heard the testimonials and read the media pieces.

So instead of wondering whether it might work – why not give your patients a try. Give the first treatment for FREE. Yes, I’m suggesting you let your patients try it out for FREE.

From what we’ve seen so far, once patients clearly experience the healing results – they’ll come back for more and you’ll more than make up for the FREE treatment you provided them.

We’ve seen over and over again – in several clinics – that patients always come back for more.

Like this case from Dr. Payel Banik’s office. (Dr. Payel is the owner of Osteopathic Healing Hands, Houston, TX.) The patient in the video below explains why he’d come back for more.

Offer Your Patients A Free Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection

So what do think? Are you going to stand on the lines and watch until government regulatory boards mandate PRP for osteoarthritis and other conditions? Or are you going to start helping your patients right now? Start offering it for FREE so that YOU will be convinced that it works. And win over your patients in the process. And watch them come back for more.

The choice is yours.

If you’re seeing a lot of patients with intermediate to advanced stages of osteoarthritis or other similar musculoskeletal conditions, offer them a FREE Platelet-Rich Plasma injection starting today. We’re very confident that it will make the fall in love with this treatment for life! There will be plenty of referrals for you.

All you need is a PRP Kit and a compatible centrifuge and you’re good to go. Call us at (844) 377-7787 if you need more info.

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The Orthopedic Surgeons Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma

According to the famous sports medicine expert, Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A., a good orthopedic surgeon is one who works hard to prevent his/her patients from going under the scalpel. To this end, he advocates a lot of contemporary thinking and treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma rather than the usual MRI-driven surgical procedures. And we’re seeing more and more orthopedic surgeons who are following the cues of the people like Dr. Cole and are genuinely astounded by the sheer number of surgeries they could avoid by a little poking around with alternative treatments.

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
~Voltaire

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A Little Late to The Regenerative Game?

Generally speaking, orthopedic specialists have been hesitant in adopting regenerative therapies. They’ve been relying on visual technologies like MRI machines a tad bit too much and hence accustomed to “seeing” in order to believe it. But regenerative therapies like Platelet-Rich Plasma doesn’t work that way. One has to believe in it to see the results. You can’t half-heartedly try PRP injections and give up if it doesn’t work. In our opinion, that’s what separates a passionate orthopedic surgeon from a “just doing my job” orthopedic surgeon. The former has a lot of belief in the rather invisible but non-surgical options. As the saying goes, “All surgeons know how to operate, a good surgeon knows when to operate, but a great surgeon knows when not to operate.”

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And no doubt, one of the key treatment options in Orthopedics that ends up actually saving a lot of patients from going under the knife (and has since become a powerful force in medicine) is Platelet-Rich Plasma. Of course, we’re biased but there is probably no other medical discovery in the modern medical history that has as much an impact on the medical industry as Platelet-Rich Plasma. Physicians now prescribe it as first-line treatment for a variety of medical conditions. And although Plastic surgeons are leading the way in pioneering its application, we believe the nature of PRP is such that it will eventually be of massive benefit in Orthopedics than any other field.

Another reason is runners. They constitute a good portion of the orthopedic surgeon’s patients. These patients do not have life-threateningly serious conditions. They might have minor pain or discomfort that prevents them from enjoying their daily run. They just want to be able to run again. The great news is, a single shot of Platelet-Rich Plasma can do wonders for them.

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Evidence-Based PRP Treatments In Orthopedics

Although few physicians question the efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma for joint diseases like knee arthritis, there are well-meaning physicians who resist recommending it to their patients lest they end up wasting the patient’s money. We regularly receive enquiries from such physicians asking for “hard evidence” of PRP’s efficacy. We know that skepticism is natural. And that’s why we’re doing our best to educate physicians so they can come to their own conclusion about Platelet-Rich Plasma.

The truth is there has been more evidence than we can handle.

Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Arthritis

Platelet-Rich Plasma is huge in arthritis. Earlier this year, researchers from Shanghai, China published a review of the 14 existing randomized controlled trials related to PRP treatment of knee-OA that comprised a total of 1423 participants. And they concluded that Platelet-Rich Plasma could be more efficacious than HA, ozone, and corticosteroids in terms of pain relief and functional improvement at 3, 6 and 12 months follow-up. This justifies why some physicians are confident enough to use PRP injections as first-line treatments for all osteoarthritis cases.

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And just recently, Spanish researchers took the next step. They tested an advanced method of Platelet-Rich Plasma infiltration for treating severe hip osteoarthritis and found that the technique extended the distribution of PRP and improved its efficacy. Simultaneously, another Spanish study established that a single PRP injection can be effective in treating late-stage knee OA. This is really really great news. Because if you’re physician dealing with arthritis patients, you probably have never seen any treatment that is this simple which has long-term therapeutic effects like that.

However, on the standardization of the PRP treatment itself, there has been no major progress except that most of the research agrees that a concentration of 1,000,000 platelets per µl (or 5X-7X above baseline) is required for therapeutic effect. This can be obtained through buffy-coat based double-spin process similar to the one followed by Dr. PRP Kits.

Some researchers have suggested using Leukocyte-poor PRP for Osteoarthritis but there isn’t enough evidence to support the notion that having less leukocytes enhances OA treatment results. In fact, there are some RCTs like this that used leucocyte-poor PRP that have failed to produce significant results while leukocyte-rich PRP had a beneficial effect as evidenced by this study.

Bone regeneration

Bone regeneration is a little-known field of medicine where Platelet-Rich Plasma has been quietly performing well. In a 2014 study, researchers concluded that there is little doubt that PRP can be beneficial for bone regeneration. But the mechanism through which PRP was able to achieve this is still largely unknown. Recently, researchers in Japan has discovered that a combination of Bone Marrow Stem Cells and PRP appeared to enhance bone formation in mice. Another RCT by Iranian researchers suggested using PRP along with autologous bone graft for long bone non-union fractures.

Platelet-Rich Plasma has also been compared with bone marrow aspirate (BMAC) concentrate by Japanese researchers and they found that PRP has almost the same capability for bone regeneration as BMAC. This is significant considering the simplicity of PRP extraction vs BMAC extraction.

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There is another meta-analysis by Korean researchers that looked at the effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Sinus Bone Graft. Again, the study concluded by saying PRP is beneficial.

Muscle, ligament and tendon regeneration

Historically, tendons are known to respond well to Platelet-Rich Plasma. And this review of current literature confirms the fact. This review also concluded that Leukocyte-Rich PRP (the normal PRP) was more ideal for intratendinous injections.

Platelet-Rich Plasma also has a long history with tennis elbow and Rotator cuff injuries. Researchers in China looked at 8 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that involved 511 patients with tennis elbow and came to the conclusion that PRP is a more ideal treatment than steroids.

But PRP’s relationship with Rotator cuff injuries suffered a setback last year when a Chinese review concluded that PRP is not beneficial. Prior to that, AAOS had reported that it might be beneficial.

Spine regeneration

Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the leading causes of lower back pain and is usually the one of the most expensive conditions to be treated – mainly due to the complexity of the condition. In one case we know, a patient with degenerative disc condition in both his lumbar and cervical spine – he had both a degenerative bulging disc at L4 and a sacroiliac joint dysfunction – was still pain-free 2 years after his doctor administered 2 PRP injections. But for this post, let’s put anecdotes aside and look at latest studies like this by Chinese researchers which seems to support the notion that PRP is indeed beneficial for retarding intervertebral disc degeneration.

Another study by researchers in New York also found that PRP is beneficial in the treatment of degenerative intervertebral discs.

Over 100 active clinical trials on Platelet-Rich Plasma

What we’ve presented here is only a fraction of the literature available. As you can see, this is an interesting time of development for Platelet-Rich Plasma. It continues to be of great interest to medical researchers and the patient population. Though the scientific community is torn apart by the lack of standardization and “hard evidence” for PRP treatments, patients are showing huge interest in it even though they have to pay out-of-pocket for these injections. And the reason why patients are voting with their wallets for this treatment is because 1) it’s simple and highly practical and 2) lot of anecdotal evidence. The research community is trying hard to catch up to these patients’ belief – there are currently over 100 active clinical trials on Platelet-Rich Plasma – and we believe it’s only a matter of time before they succeed in their quest. The lack of funding is only major hurdle the research community has to overcome before they uncover the full therapeutic effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma. And we’re excited and so should you because it’s great news for your patients.

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But for now, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments can be a standard regimen for treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. In the coming years, you will see more standardization in PRP preparation, concentration, pre-activation, injection volume, injection frequency and post-injection protocols.

The Cost Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma

One other thing to keep in mind, when weighing on the pros and cons of offering Platelet-Rich Plasma to your patients is the cost-effectiveness. Yes, you may not want to waste your patient’s money. But Platelet-Rich Plasma is something that has enormous upside with a relatively low downside. This is especially true when compared to surgical intervention. Average cost of the highly invasive arthroscopic debridement, for example, is $5000. But the same results may be obtained by 3 shots of PRP that costs $1000. The amount of improvement reported by patients undergoing both is similar – about 50%. That’s $20 for every percentage point improvement vs $100 for every percentage improvement in the case of arthroscopy. Even if the patients have to pay out-of-pocket for PRP injections, that’s not a good reason why they should not try Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Check out our Platelet-Rich Plasma kits here.

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The Osteopathic Physician’s Guide to Platelet-Rich Plasma

Even though they’re licensed to perform surgeries, Osteopathic Physicians are primarily trained to keep their patient’s treatments as non-surgical as possible. Furthermore, their philosophy leans towards prevention and overall wellness than on treating diseases. And for these reasons, we believe Platelet-Rich Plasma is one of the best treatment options they have. After all, the Osteopathic profession was founded on the basis of the human body’s innate capacity to heal itself – the very function PRP injections perform.

The Journal of American Osteopathic Association reviewed Platelet-Rich Plasma a while ago and concluded that more studies are needed. Later another study was presented about a surprising case of an 18-year-old high school football player’s rapid healing of muscle injury through Platelet-Rich Plasma. So even though PRP injections are not officially heralded as the future, Osteopathic Physicians stand to gain much, much more than from Platelet-Rich Plasma than others.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma, An Osteopathic Physician’s Best Ally?

Here’s why we think PRP Injections is probably the best treatment to arrive in Osteopathic Physicians hand.

1. PRP is holistic.

Osteopathic Physicians love treating the whole patient, rather than just the disease. And so is Platelet-Rich Plasma, which merely utilizes the body’s own healing mechanism. And it’s not aimed at eliminating just one symptom either. It heals entire areas – this is evident in cases where multiple symptoms are eliminated after administering PRP. For example, there are many cases where female patients experienced sexual revival after being treated with PRP injections for urinary stress incontinence. So even though PRP Injections were pioneered by allopathic doctors – who still are some of its best advocates – Platelet-Rich Plasma basically functions like an Osteopathic medicine. That’s why we think it’s one of the best allies of an Osteopathic Physician.

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2. PRP is a musculoskeletal hero

Depending on the specialization of the Osteopathic Physician, chronic musculoskeletal pain can be one of major issues that they deal with. And we know PRP Injections are slowly becoming the first-line treatments for musculoskeletal issues. For example, some researchers believe PRP should be first-line treatment for Knee Meniscus issues. Last year (2016), Dr Patrick Smith from the University of Missouri, Columbia, published the results of an FDA-Sanctioned, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial on Platelet-Rich Plasma for Knee Osteoarthritis – and they concluded that PRP provided safe and quantifiable benefits. Here’s another systematic review summarizing about 29 of those studies.

3. Limitless potential of PRP is hard to ignore

There is a third reason why all physicians, let alone Osteopathic Physicians, must get acquainted with PRP Injections – and that is PRP’s vast scope of application. Because Platelet-Rich Plasma’s mechanism is generic (and straightforward), it can be safely assumed that if it works on knees, it can work on any joints, muscles, tendons, bones etc. It’s only a matter of time that PRP Injections will be a standard first-line treatment for all musculoskeletal issues. If you’re keen on hard evidence, have a look at these the randomized trials as well as other studies in the NCBI database.

This limitless potential is especially a boon for Osteopathic Physicians as they look at problems through their Unity of Function lens. Because if there is a strain for a patient on the wrist, there may be other areas of the FASCIA that might be linked to the trouble on the arm. In cases like these, multiple Platelet-Rich Plasma injections on different areas can significantly enhance the typical Osteopathic treatments for restoration of balance and freedom to the entire body.

Dr. Peter Lewis, a fellow of the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine, and the clinical director of the Surecell Group, who’s administered over 100,000 PRP injections to 12,000 patients says, “More than 80% of the patients who undergo PRP treatments enjoy very good results. Even people who’ve been told they’d need surgery have a 70% chance that Platelet-Rich Plasma will help them.”

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List of conditions treated by Platelet-Rich Plasma [INFOGRAPHIC]

For your reference, we’ve included a nice INFOGRAPHIC here that lists common PRP treatment areas.

(Click here to download high-resolution version)

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Are these treatments FDA-Approved?

At the time of writing, Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments are not subject to FDA approval. Because all of these treatments are performed on the same day with minimal manipulation of the patient’s blood. This feature places the PRP procedure within the FDA Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) title 21 Part 1270 1271.1 and as such it enjoys exemption. (FDA rule in 1271.15 (b)).

So no, you do not have to follow the traditional FDA regulatory pathway.

If you need more help, call us at (844) 377-7787. Or check out our Platelet-Rich Plasma store.

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5 Ways Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Relieving Pain in America

Few things are as life-shrinking as chronic pain. Health economists report that chronic pain costs our nation more than $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity – more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Painkillers have been the only relief medication in modern history. That’s changing with Platelet-Rich Plasma. It has been emerging as one of the key players in pain management.

In any life that’s exclusively ruled by pain, Platelet-Rich Plasma has the power to bring back pleasure and normalcy. It’s certainly a better option for those who’re getting by on four or five Advils a day and wondering what the long term consequences would be.

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First of all, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are completely safe. The PRP, prepared by centrifuging the patient’s blood in a special blood tube, works in a two step way. First the injections, often guided by ultrasound, breaks up the tissues and second, the growth factors in the PRP helps rebuild the entire tissue. This produces a healing effect and reduces pain.

Here are five common types of pain that can be healed with Platelet-Rich Plasma.

1. Arthritis pain

It’s been well-proven that a few shots of Platelet-Rich Plasma can produce a huge effect for Arthritis patients. It has the potential to…

  • Inhibit inflammation and thus slowing down degeneration
  • Stimulate cartilage formation
  • Kickstart the production of lubricating fluid

These activities in the affected site ends up reducing the pain sensation.

As a long term effect, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections tend to preserve the joints in more than 70% of the cases – as reported by a landmark study in 2013. Recent studies have shown similar results too. They discovered that a two or three injection treatment over a period of 4-6 weeks with Platelet-Rich Plasma does more benefit that similar injection treatments with either Corticosteroids or Hyaluronic Acid. Moreover, the cartilage degeneration was significantly slowed even for patients in advanced stages of Osteoarthritis.

The researchers also conclude that repeating the injections after 6 months ensured better results.

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2. Neurological pain

Platelet-Rich Plasma is one heck of a wonder treatment whose healing potential seems to be expanding everyday and seems like it’s only limited by the physician’s imagination. The latest of those new discoveries is in the field of nerve regeneration and the resulting neuropathic pain. Nerve fibers consisting of neurons are very delicate structures and not much has been discovered about its operating mechanism. But recently, platelet rich plasma have been shown to promote the restoration of nerve fibers.

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In a study performed at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, Platelet-Rich Plasma was successful in nerve regeneration for patients with leprosy peripheral neuropathy – a situation where all traditional treatments have failed. Which means PRP injections are effective in restoring sensations when it has been lost. This is remarkable news.

Then there is another study conducted in Greece the shows very encouraging mid-term results regarding PRP for treatment of Carpal tunnel syndrome.

All of this is proof that Neuropathic pain can be alleviated by Platelet-Rich Plasma. This paper by a researcher at the University of Puerto Rico analyses how Platelet-Rich Plasma has been able to eliminate neuropathic pain. He reports that PRP’s ability to promote axon regeneration is the key.

Here’s a video from a Rejuv Medical where a patient explains how she had PRP Injections for Nerve treatments and how it changed her life remarkably.

3. Chronic back pain

Chronic back pain and sciatica are mysterious conditions and physicians generally have a hard time figuring out what’s causing them. They first thing they do is to scan the lower back area for defects. When they find one, they’ll recommend surgery to correct that defect even though they have no idea if that defect is indeed the culprit of the pain. When they can’t find any defects, they end up being puzzled and sent the patient away with a bunch of Advils.

In a spine health forum, a patient explains his situation which was similar. His physician suspected the tears in L4-L5 spine segment to be the causing the pain. But there were minor tears and bulges everywhere, so the physician was confused. The patient ended up having to take 8 Advils a day. Unable to continue with that, the patient skeptically tried Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. He went from not being able to sit back in office or drive in a car (even with those medications) to stopping the medications altogether and going on a family trip overseas. Talk about a dramatic shift in life experience!

Another patient on the same forum describes how she had PRP injection for chronic pain in the cervical spine, and it’s been pain-free for two years.

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These kind of stories are supplemented by occasional clinical studies like this where the patients not only had experienced near complete pain relief but also were able to sustain those results for 2 years. This is remarkable for a degenerative disease, aka, a condition that worsens as time goes by. Here are another study conducted in China and another one by Japanese researchers.

4. Joint Pain

In addition to back and knees, almost all other joints are being treated by Platelet-Rich Plasma now. As the science of PRP evolves, the treatment is vigorously gaining popularity with more and more patients demanding it from their physicians. After all, the procedure is incredibly straightforward and is easily understood by most. The physicians hardly need to talk before the patient accepts eagerly.

Hence the doctors are now quick to prescribe Platelet-Rich Plasma for any case of chronic bursitis – in areas like fingers, elbow, toes, hip, shoulders, neck, wrist, ankle, and hip – and the results are almost always positive.

In fact, Platelet-Rich Plasma can be – and must be – prescribed for more than 50% of the musculoskeletal issues that are usually treated with surgery or steroid injections.

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5. Post surgical pain

Surgical pain relief is one of the newer areas where Platelet-Rich Plasma is gaining ground. This is primarily to take advantage of the wound-healing and bone regeneration aspects of PRP, but pain-relief is a very evident beneficial side-effect. Some medical perfusionists advice Platelet-Rich Plasma after almost all surgeries including Neurosurgery, Tumor removal surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head and Neck Surgeries, Reconstructions and Cosmetic Surgery, Orthopedic/Spinal Surgery, Hand and Foot Surgery, Bone Graft Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery.

By cutting short the time it takes to heal from the wounds of surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma plays a pivotal role in assisting patients get productive as early as possible. And when done in conjunction with surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are almost always paid for by the insurance provider covering the surgery.

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The beginning of the end of orthopedic surgery?

At a time when big hospitals are racing towards a possible automation of orthopedic surgeries, there are some physicians who believe that the rise of Platelet-Rich Plasma together with the rise of stem cell technology marks the beginning of the end for 80% of the orthopedic surgeries. They say science is finally waking up to the fact that human intervention is not the most efficient way of dealing with musculoskeletal issues. Rather, it’s best to provide the necessarily biologics in the form of PRP and stem cells so that the body can invoke it’s own healing.

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I hope you agree – because today’s regenerative medical trends are certainly pushing the medical industry in that direction.

If you haven’t started offering Platelet-Rich Plasma – or would like to know some general protocols, we would love to share them with you. Just call us at (844) 377-7787 or email via hello@drprpusa.com.

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Foot And Ankle Surgeon’s Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma

Some believe that Platelet-Rich Plasma is nothing but a new-age medical nonsense that preys on the gullible. And let me the first to admit that there are some carefully controlled studies out there showing that PRP Injections work no better than a placebo. But there are also thousands of doctors who swear by the efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma which seems to do a better job at healing patients, and at a much lower cost, than traditional medicine.

This trend is only growing.

What does these doctors see that escapes medical establishments’ eyes?

One branch of medicine where it is particularly evident is Podiatry. We believe that Platelet-Rich Plasma is not as widely accepted in Podiatry as it should have. Making it the first line treatment for pain in the foot and ankle treatments will help orthopedic surgeons to reduce complication rates, achieve favorable clinical outcomes faster, and improve patient satisfaction.

Here are some of the cases where a Foot and Ankle Surgeon might use PRP or PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix).

1. Plantar fasciitis/fasciosis

It’s widely accepted that Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection has become a very common treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. Studies like this prove it’s efficacy. In the words of Dr. Daniel Kassicieh, D.O., FAAN, FACN, of Sarasota Neurology, PRP seems to be “one of the most effective treatments for Plantar fasciitis to actually cure it permanently.” He says many of his patients have avoided surgery with a single Platelet-Rich Plasma injection – no rehab, no down time, and certainly no unwanted consequences of surgery to deal with. That explains why Plantar Fasciitis has been the 5th popular musculoskeletal condition (the first four are knee meniscus, shoulder, shoulder rotator cuff and tennis elbow in that order) treated by Platelet-Rich Plasma. Part of the reason is that over 3 million people are diagnosed with this condition and we haven’t found a viable treatment for it yet.

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Here’s a video of the procedure done by Los Angeles Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr. Baravarian.

2. Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis

Achilles tendinopathy is a another difficult to treat condition which is progressive and often results in tendon rupture. Surgical approaches, either tendon debridement or tendon transfer, are risky and does not end up with predictable results. Patients are usually given corticosteroid injections to reduce pain. But studies like this have shown that Platelet-Rich Plasma is a much more helpful treatment than corticosteroids. Another study released by European Foot and Ankle Society revealed that a single PRP injection can be a safe and attractive alternative for the treatment of non-insertional CRATs than anything else available today.

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3. Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Non-healing diabetic foot ulcers are a major problem for diabetics and in the US, there are over 2.5 million people affected. Eleven percent of them may go on to have lower extremity amputation. That’s not pretty. But according to this study, just a single injection and a bi-weekly topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma turned around the chronic non-healing ulcers of 24 patients in just 8.2 weeks. In another study, the effects of topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma was compared with Anti-septic creams for clean diabetic foot ulcers and PRP was proved to be more effective.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix, derived from Platelet-Rich Plasma, is also another excellent candidate (as demonstrated in this study) for diabetic foot ulcer.

4. Bone regeneration

Foot and ankle is one of the most common areas where bone regeneration is needed. Though nothing trumps mechanical stabilization, researchers are now surprised by the role of Platelet-Rich Plasma.

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PRP assists bone and soft-tissue healing by providing platelets and thus growth factors at the site of damage. The phenomenon was studied recently, where they conducted a systematic review of all the 64 independent articles that discussed PRP’s role in bone tissue regeneration. This study calls for further optimization of the PRP treatment.

Nevertheless, the science for using Platelet-Rich Plasma for bone regeneration is solid. In order for bone or tissue to form, three key components are required at the surgical site. These three components are:

  • A scaffold for cellular growth and attachment
  • Biological stimulants that provide signaling proteins to recruit cells
  • Undifferentiated stem cells that provide osteogenic potential

The combination and synergy of these three key components is critical to bone formation. Platelet-Rich Plasma can provide two of three of these components — a scaffold and a biological stimulant. Hence there is no reason why we should not use it for assisting bone regeneration.

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5. Ankle Sprains

This is a fairly common condition among both professional athletes and weekend warriors. An ankle sprain can be a stretch, tear or a complete rupture of the ligaments in the ankle. In any of these cases, Platelet-Rich Plasma can be very effective in accelerating the healing process. In one of the randomized controlled studies, researchers analyzed the effect of Ultrasound-guided Platelet-Rich Plasma injections on athletes with Syndesmotic or high-ankle sprains. Platelet-rich plasma was injected into the injured antero-inferior tibio-fibular ligaments (AITFL) and their Return to Play (RTP) time was measured. Not only was the Platelet-Rich Plasma group saved 20 days of healing time, they also experienced significantly less residual pain. Expert physicians tell us that Platelet-Rich Plasma can cut down the normal 6-week recovery period for a torn ligament from an ankle sprain to just 2-3 weeks. That’s a 50% reduction in healing time.

Immobilization The Key In Successful Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments?

One of the missing pieces when it comes to Foot and Ankle related injuries, is Rest and Rehabilitation. With or without Platelet-Rich Plasma, there is no avoidance of Rehab. And we found that some of the studies that disprove Platelet-Rich Plasma for Foot and Ankle Injuries were done without Rest and Rehabilitation – meaning they were testing whether Platelet-Rich Plasma is a stand-alone “magic pill.”

We can assure you that Platelet-Rich Plasma is not a magic pill. And that there is no avoidance of Rest and Rehabilitation. The Platelet-Rich Plasma injection must be followed by a standardized rehabilitation protocol – which, depending on the severity, can include full weight-bearing in a splint, pneumatic boot, or cast for a 2-3 weeks.

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What’s Feeding The Resistance For PRP Adoption?

We believe the biggest hindrance is the current system of healthcare. The big-pharma-dominated healthcare in the US would be more than happy to spend almost $2 trillion for chronic diseases than educate doctors on the advantages of alternative, autologous and integrative interventions such as Platelet-Rich Plasma. Studies after studies have shown that the earlier you introduce Platelet-Rich Plasma, the more results the patients end up getting. Yet, we’re in a system that encourages all kinds of short-term-results-oriented treatments before considering Platelet-Rich Plasma because it’s “expensive” and not reimbursed by insurance companies.

How Foot And Ankle Surgeons Can Benefit

The use of PRP in the foot and ankle is here to stay. So get involved with Platelet-Rich Plasma as soon as possible. Try it out with your patients. Play with the Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix. And before prescribing conventional drugs and surgeries, give your patients an opportunity to try Platelet-Rich Plasma at a low cost. We know how thankful your patients are going to be.

For more info on various protocols for PRP Injections, reach out to us at (844) 377-7787.

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Dear Doctor, These 7 PRP Treatments Are Hot In Your State

It takes 15-20 minutes to draw 20cc of the patient’s blood, mix it with a small amount of citrate and spin it using a special prp kit and a matching centrifuge for producing the Platelet-Rich Plasma you need for most PRP treatments.

That’s what it takes to produce a multi-potential healing aid to speed up your patients’ recovery.

And it’s definitely the best free healing agent that contains growth factors, and platelets which stimulate the influx of macrophages, stem cells and other repair cells.

The Advantages of Doing PRP, The Right Way

Of course, you can create your own PRP easily by putting the blood in a test tube and spinning it in a generic table top centrifuge and no one can tell the difference. However, it may not have any platelets and probably no tissue healing proteins.

If you do it right way, using the right equipment, you can generate PRP with 7x the normal platelet concentrations. This is called Enhanced PRP. You can also use adipose tissue or collagen fibers to hold the PRP material and form a PRP matrix to amplify the effects.

The 5 Type Of Treatments That Are Hot Right Now

People who are new to Platelet-Rich Plasma may have a hard time believing in the scope of healing it offers. The best 5 treatments are the following:

1. PRP Facial Treatments

A whole lot of skin centers thrive just because they are one of the first ones to offer Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments. This is kind of a treatment that doesn’t need much convincing since there’s no side effects and no down time. Popular prp treatments for face include wrinkle reduction, eye bag and dark circle reduction, skin rejuvenation, gum lift (PRP with collagen sponge is injected after removing stitches in the gum), rosacea reduction, lip augmentation (using a combination of fat and PRP, brought to the limelight by Kylie Jenner and Charlotte Crosby), and vitiligo correction (PRP injection in combination with narrowband-ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy improves re-pigmentation).

An especially generic and popular treatment is a combination of Platelet-Rich Plasma and Microneedling. When applied, this novel treatment can produce the effect of botox, lipo or facelift for far less cost.

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2. PRP Hair Loss Treatments

The growth factors in Platelet-Rich Plasma can reverse non-genetical, early-stage hair loss patterns. There is a huge market for this procedure and very little practitioners offering it. It’s one of the areas for Platelet-Rich Plasma that has a huge unrealized potential. Clients also have seen successful results in cases of thinning hair and even beard regrowth.

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3. PRP For Arthritis And Cartilage Repair

More than $6.4 billion worth of Arthritis treatments were performed in the US in 2013 alone. That number is poised to hit $9 billion by 2020. And study after study are showing how PRP can not only reduce arthritis symptoms but also regenerate the knee cartilage, something which no other mode of treatments have been able to do.

PRP treatments for Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis (TMJ) is one of the most in-demand ones.

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4. PRP for Anti-Aging

There are several high end products and complicated procedures that are popular in the Anti-Aging market. None can rival Platelet-Rich Plasma in it’s effectiveness and simplicity. Hence there is a high demand for Anti-Aging-related PRP treatments. PRP combined with Microneedling procedure can be used for acne scars, open pores, stretch marks, hand rejuvenation, Lichen Sclerosus (skin condition in vulva), melasma and breast augmentation.

Another popular treatment is injections of fat mixed with PRP to improve the appearance of cellulite on hip and butt.

5. PRP for Pain Relief And Musculoskeletal Healing

Okay, so this is a very broad category where PRP is considered as the first-line treatment. Most talked about treatments in this category are for Achilles Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff, Tennis elbow, MCL Tear, Meniscus Tear, Plantar Fasciitis, Patellar Tendonitis, Piriformis Syndrome (Severe Buttocks Pain), ACL Tear, Failed Spine Surgery, Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Hip and Pelvic Disorders, Degenerative Disc Disease, Golfer’s Elbow, Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain, Labaral Tear, Bursitis, Neuropathic Pain Relief (Nerve Regeneration -Platelet Lysates are used where inflammation is an issue), Spinal Stenosis or Neck Pain, Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) Or Dying Bones.

Unlike the PRP treatments in the other categories, almost all of these PRP treatments in this category are placed under ultrasound guidance directly onto the affected tissue. Patients often see really good results in as little as two weeks.

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6. PRP For Infertility

The treatment known as Ovarian Rejuvenation where Platelet-Rich Plasma is directly injected to the patient’s ovaries to reverse menopause or heal fertility issues. This treatment can also result in sexual regeneration. However, this is different from those treatments where PRP is injected into vagina for treating incontinence, looseness, dryness and lack of drive.

Another treatment is for reduction of Vaginal Atrophy symptoms using a combination of Lipofilling and PRP.

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7. PRP treatments for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Recently, physicians are also using PRP for treating lung problems such as allergies, asthma and COPD. The Platelet-Rich Plasma is mixed with with saline and inhaled through the nebulizer for regeneration of lung tissues.

It takes 1-2 months for the treatment to take full effect – but patients are seeing great results. One patient with COPD had his best lung condition in 7 years just 2 months after the treatment. Considering that COPD is a huge issue affecting the lives of more than 700,000 Americans every year, this is major feat.

Honorable mentions

PRP for Dry Eyes: This is one of those health categories where Platelet-Rich Plasma surprised everyone with the results. This treatment is catching up fast although PRP hasn’t become the de-facto treatment.

Erectile Disfunction: This is a widely popular treatment with mixed results. The treatment is popular because of it’s low-risk profile and potential high up side (literally!)

The Future Is Looking Bright

In summary, the trend for PRP is strong – and is here to stay. It’s not a one-trick pony. After all, it’s a natural healing mechanism. And the whole procedure takes a maximum of 60 minutes for the patients with zero recovery time.

That’s why thousands of clinics and major medical establishments are making it a standard treatment for many of the medical conditions they specialize in.

We are already seeing huge the demand for PRP treatments. We receive enquiries from patients who can’t find doctors doing PRP treatments in their area – and often times they are willing to travel for the treatments. This shows how bad the demand is.

So are you offering PRP treatments or are you missing out on this easy, life-saving treatment?

Jump on board with the best PRP Treatment accessories. 🙂

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21 Pro Athletes Saved By Platelet-Rich Plasma In 2016

When Los Angeles Ace Garrett Richards ended up with a disastrous lengthwise tear along his ulnar collateral ligament last May, the high-profile hurler was staring at the famed Tommy John surgery and the disappearance of a good two years of his pitching career.

He wanted neither.

So he sought an alternative option.

And through that option, he’s back starting the season this year, just six months later.

Not surprisingly, Platelet-Rich Plasma had a major role in that. (He had stem cells injection and then PRP)

The year 2016 has been extremely good for PRP – it’s popularity is catching like wildfire. We feel that a tipping point has reached where even weekend warriors who’re unfamiliar with Orthobiologics, instantly demand Platelet-Rich Plasma for conditions like partial ligament tears.

We wanted to find out why this trend is happening.

The answer we suspect is – the numerous successful cases of pro athletes who’ve dodged surgeries like Tommy John with nothing but Platelet-Rich Plasma and rest. This is huge. Because for years, Tommy John surgery is said to have saved the careers of hundreds, if not thousands, of professional athletes around the world.

Tommy John is not only recommended for Ulnar Collateral Ligament tears – not doing it is considered a “career suicide.” That and a tough, year-long road to recovery, we might want to add.

Fortunately now, there’s at least one alternative – PRP.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Cuts Downs Healing Time By 50%

We’ve had physicians who say they’re seeing hamstring strains that typically has about a six-week healing window heal completely in three-weeks. They are astounded. Typically natural treatments should have LONGER healing window than traditional treatments. But here, we’re talking about hundreds of cases where it’s actually cut down by 50% or more – and this is the most natural (and simple) of all treatments.

PRP just concentrates the body’s own healing resources to where needs it most!

The 50% cut in healing time is just a bonus actually. For both pro athletes and weekend warriors, preventing being cut on and having surgery is their No. 1 priority. They don’t want to just jump on right into a surgery. So even if Platelet-Rich Plasma took TWICE the time to heal, it would have been a popular option anyway… for avoiding surgery.

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Garrett Richards says “[my condition] has only gotten better since it happened, so I’m a believer.”

“I’m sore in all the right spots — everywhere I’m usually sore, and should be sore,” he adds with a smile. “It’s nice to know that I’ll be able to start the season this year and kind of pick up where I left off.”

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With that said, let’s look at what may be the real reason for growth in PRP adoption in 2016 – the huge number of high-profile pro athletes who’ve had Platelet-Rich Plasma injections in 2016.

21 Biggest American Pro Athletes Who’ve Had PRP In 2016

This USA-only list is not all-inclusive and I’m sure we have omitted a lot. But this list should give you an idea of how popular this treatment really is.

  • 1. As we mentioned above, Garrett Richards had platelet-rich plasma injection for healing the pitcher’s partially torn elbow ligament. He’s confident of his comeback without Tommy John.
  • 2. Stephen Curry had Platelet-Rich Plasma for a grade 1 MCL sprain during Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against the Houston Rockets in 2016.
  • 3. In November, Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell got a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate pain in his left knee. After having the injection on Nov 23, he missed 11 games to pave way for full recovery.
  • 4. Philadelphia 76ers Jerryd Bayless also got his PRP to heal his wrist in November. But one thing he didn’t do after Platelet-Rich Plasma was rest. He continued playing so healing didn’t happen. And he was under immense pressure to stop the season and do surgery to get well for the next season, which is what he eventually did in December.
  • 5. New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing right shoulder. His was a strained rotator cuff. Today, word is out that he is 0-for-5 in his attempt to throw out base stealers this season.

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  • 6. Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas received a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday for a groin strain during the first half of his team’s loss to the Houston Rockets. He had the injection into his thigh muscle.
  • 7. Another New York Mets player Asdrubal Cabrera received platelet-rich-plasma injection in New York to accelerate healing of the strained patellar tendon of his left knee.
  • 8. The Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg received Platelet-Rich Plasma for his strained flexor mass in his right elbow. And now he’s back in the game for 2017 spring training.
  • 9. Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, the 23-year-old right-hander, received a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his strained right-elbow ligament. This season, he is quoted to have said that his elbow is “100 percent” healed.
  • 10. The Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat left knee tendinosis and a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right thumb that was bothering him for quite some time.
  • 11. San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan received a platelet-rich plasma injection for patella tendinitis in his right knee, something he believes was the result of his diving catches against the wall.
  • 12. Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar had platelet-rich plasma injection for a mild strain to his flexor musculature of his forearm.
  • 13. Red Sox’s Koji Uehara: Receives PRP injection for his pectoral injury before signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

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  • 14. New York Mets’ Steven Matz received platelet-rich-plasma injection to avoid surgery in his left shoulder. He believes 2017 will be a turning point for him and aims to do at least 30 starts next season.
  • 15. Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton had platelet-rich plasma injection during his spring training. He later had to under surgery and then again given Platelet-Rich Plasma for healing him this year. The good news is, in February this year, an MRI scan of his left knee showed no structural damage.
  • 16. San Diego Padres’ right-handed relief pitcher Jon Edwards had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) when a right elbow MRI showed wear on his ulnar collateral ligament. Today, he’s in for his team’s spring training.
  • 17. Baltimore Orioles ace Chris Tillman had platelet-rich plasma injection on his right shoulder in December.
  • 18. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams, the 13-year veteran, received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee before helping the team win the NBA finals.
  • 19. Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn had platelet rich plasma injections to help him get back to the field faster than anticipated after he had a surgical procedure for a meniscus tear and a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. His doctor hopes PRP will help regenerate the lost tissue and allow the knee to heal faster while preventing scar tissue.
  • 20. Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment on both knees during his after-surgery rehabilitation process as he aggravated the patellar tendinitis on his right knee (which he had surgery for) and suffered a bone bruise in his left knee.
  • 21. Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra received a platelet-rich plasma injection for an injury he had been trying to overcome for months. He injured his left ankle in a collision with Trevor Story on June and had the Platelet-Rich Plasma in October.

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