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Why Doctors Are Now Ditching Steroid Injections For PRP

The use of immunosuppressive biologics, non-steroidal drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids, collectively known as Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics (AIT), has been rebuked by many, including well-known MDs. But there are, still, a good majority of family doctors, pain-management specialists, and orthopedic surgeons who routinely prescribe them for arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis because apparently, there’s no other better alternative. This is evident in the ballooning anti-inflammatory therapeutics market which is projected to reach a valuation of $100 Billion by 2020. But according to researchers, there already exists a better alternative and that is Platelet-Rich Plasma and scores of physicians are now prescribing it as a first line treatment instead of AITs.

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Why Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics?

One of the reasons why AITs are popular is the belief that most musculoskeletal diseases are due to inflammation. It is believed that inflammation is the cause of injuries and pain. But over the years, numerous studies have shown, rather persuasively, that inflammation is a signaling process used by the body to recruit growth factors and cytokines to the tissue microenvironment. While suppressing the inflammation with drugs interrupts this natural process and provides short term relief to the symptoms, in the long run, it prevents structural healing.

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But the argument among pro-AIT physicians is that they provide the best short term relief. They claim that a short or two of AITs keeps the situation under control and is not a big deal in the larger scheme of things.

Not true. They have pain-relieving properties but not as dramatic as we may think.

First, corticosteroids are not as the ultimate pain-killers and there are other methods far superior.

Second, neither can NSAIDs be considered the most effective pain-killers and that’s a fact.

Third, the immunosuppressive biologics like DMARDS, cytokine-blockers and TNF-blockers are not effective pain-killers anyway.

But they all have one thing in common. And that is, a long-list of side effects.

The Debilitating Effects of AITs

It would have been acceptable if we could just temporarily harness the whatever little pain-relief that AITs offered while we’re looking for a favorable course of action. But that isn’t the case. Studies show that even a single dose of these AITs can lead to unwanted complications. Let’s take a deeper look.

1. Steroids
Steroids are evidently the most destructive ones. Physicians know that they must prescribe steroids very cautiously. But the problem is once they work, patients may prefer them again and again. Especially athletes who just want to get back in the arena for that final game. After all, who wants to sit on the sidelines when life passes by? Just one more time, they’ll say.

But the long term effects are disastrous. Not only are they hard to get off of, the steroids have the ability to kill mesenchymal stem cells, lead to cartilage loss, and are one of the most common causes of secondary osteoporosis. Scores of athletes and weekend warriors have used steroids to temporarily push away pain only to end up in the surgery table a few years later.

2. NSAIDS

NSAIDs are a totally different beast. Medscape reports that more than 70 million of them are prescribed to patients each year in the United States alone. This is in spite of the warning issued by the Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Aging Medical Information System (ARAMIS) against NSAID use.

To the patient, it sounds like a decent proposal – use non-steroidal drug to temporarily alleviate pain. However, the consequences are enormous. In this comprehensively researched article on the Journal of Prolotherapy, the writer calls for a total ban on the use of NSAIDs for joints owing to its potential for degenerating cartilage. This is alarming considering that majority of the NSAIDs are prescribed for joint conditions like arthritis. In another study, use of NSAIDs was shown to have tripled the progression of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Furthermore, even in the 1980s researchers have found that NSAIDs can disrupt intestinal integrity.

3. Biologics

Anti-inflammatory biologics include drugs that block pro-inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) and interlukin-6 (IL-6) as well as conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The problem with these drugs is that they suppress the biologic entities responsible for the natural immunity of the body. Applying them to a joint for example, doesn’t limit its effect to that area. Instead, it suppresses these biologic entities THROUGHOUT the body including liver, colon, small intestine, bones, skin and even neurons.

That’s why they have been linked to neurological diseases, and other diseases.

Blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines are definitely a bad idea. For example, the cytokine IL-6, one of the main cytokines targeted by the new generation of Arthritis drugs is a major component of the central nervous system. So is anti-TNF drugs. Blocking these can only lead to adverse events in the long term elsewhere in the body.

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Can PRP Disrupt The Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics Market?

Although not immediately evident, the trend for these Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics are actually going down. As researchers discover more serious side effects, the market will start shifting to more natural solutions like Platelet-Rich Plasma. In fact, it’s already happening as we speak. Even without the support of insurance companies, more and more people are opting for PRP instead of AITs. That means people are willing to pay out-of-pocket for PRP instead of accepting free drugs. In other words, the downward trend for AITs has begun.

Patients and physicians are learning the hard way that SUPPRESSION OF INFLAMMATION DOES NOT EQUAL TO HEALING.

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On the other hand, the trend for Platelet-Rich Plasma is climbing organically.

Here’s Allen Mishra’s tweet about PRP’s Google trends. Alan is the founder of the Biologic Orthopedic Society that has over 6,500 members in Linkedin.

Independent research is also catching up with Platelet-Rich Plasma. It has proved so far that PRP is far superior for:

1. Chronic low back pain

The study shows that sacroiliac joint (SIJ) injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma has a longer-lasting effect on pain than steroids. And the difference is HUGE. While efficacy of steroids was only 25% at 3 months, it was 90% for PRP.

2. Tennis Elbow

In this study, the steroids were only able to suppress symptoms for recalcitrant lateral epicondylitis, while PRP was able to biologically heal the lesion. Furthermore, the steroids caused further tendon degeneration. Another study proved that patients who had PRP shows better pain and functional improvements than patients who had corticosteroid injection.

3. Plantar fasciitis

This randomized, blinded study concluded that PRP delivered at least the same pain-relief results as steroids. Other researchers have concluded that PRP is actually more effective than steroid injection in terms of pain and functional results. Another study also proved that PRP was more effective and durable than cortisone for plantar fasciitis. Yet another British study also pointed out that PRP injections are superior to corticosteroid injections.

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4. Knee Osteoarthritis

The study above showed that intra-articular PRP injections are better than HA, ozone, and corticosteroids. Another study recently proved that PRP injections are better than Hyaluronic Acid for knee osteoarthritis.

5. Rotator Cuff Tears

This study proved that Platelet-Rich Plasma injections show benefit earlier than cortisone injections for rotator cuff tears. Another similar study also found that a single dose of PRP is better than steroid for Shoulder impingement syndrome.

Why PRP Is Actually Good For Both Patient And Physician

As you can see, the reason why more and more physicians and patients favor Platelet-Rich Plasma over Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics is that PRP not only eliminates the symptoms (pain and function) but it actually heals biologically. Yes, of course, the manufacturers of the conventional drugs would love you to believe that their billion-dollar-research-backed miracle drug is VASTLY superior to the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma that can be produced within 10-20 minutes in a small clinic. But what we’ve seen is quite the opposite.

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One of the early pioneers of Platelet-Rich Plasma, an orthopedic surgeon Dr. Allan Mishra, M.D., says, that soon this biologic tool would be “safe, simple to use, inexpensive, and available immediately at the point of care.”

And that requires a tipping point in its adoption by physicians. It’s already accelerating at a good pace.

Dr. Mishra goes on to say that, “chronic tendinopathy is the most common indication for applying PRP in my practice. I have used the treatment for tennis elbow, patellar tendinosis, partial Achilles tendon tears and occasionally partial rotator cuff tears as a stand-alone treatment. I also now routinely augment all of my Achilles and patellar tendon repairs with PRP. And I am considering augmenting my arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs as well with PRP. For nonunions or difficult fractures, I combine PRP with bone grafting.”

For the patients, Platelet-Rich Plasma has been helping them avoid surgery for years now. See the videos below for actual testimonials from real patients.

Here’s another patient’s story of how PRP helped avoid surgery.

“When I tore my rotator cuff in 2008, I had conventional laparoscopic surgery to repair it. The outcome was excellent, but the recovery was long and horrible. The orthopedist wouldn’t let me drive for six weeks, or run, swim or lift weights for three months. I suffered through weeks of torturous physical therapy. It was nearly six months before I felt normal again.”

And the patient vowed to never go through that ever again.

Unfortunately, the patient suffered another injury in 2014.

But this time decided to try Platelet-Rich Plasma instead.

The patient said, “I had the first PRP injection on Oct. 23. It was painful, and the aching persisted for about 36 hours. I had one bad night, followed by an uncomfortable day. After that, the pain stopped. Still, my doctor advised me to baby the shoulder — to use my other arm when holding a dog leash and to skip swimming and weights for two weeks. Running was fine. He also recommended physical therapy after two weeks.”

The patient reported that by February 2015, the shoulder was 80% healed. The doctor advised the patient to have a second PRP injection to heal the remaining 20%.

Here’s what the patient said:

“I had [the second injection] on March 4. When I returned to see [the doctor] on April 12, I was feeling pretty good. No pain, no problems. He rolled in the ultrasound machine, and I was not surprised by the results.”

Watch this second video for another excellent patient story.

Get Started On Platelet-Rich Plasma Now

The best way to start making a big difference in your patients, especially if you’re an orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologist or any kind of pain management specialist, is to get going with Platelet-Rich Plasma. Don’t just have it as a back up treatment that you can try when things don’t go well. Instead, it can be used as a standard first-line treatment for musculoskeletal issues.

Give it a serious consideration.

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We can guarantee that once you start offering Platelet-Rich Plasma, you’ll end up prescribing less and less Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics and more and more Platelet-Rich Plasma. And it will have a tremendous impact on the lives of your patients. We want to see a world where the “replacement surgeries” are a thing of the past.

And Platelet-Rich Plasma can make it happen.

Give us a call if you need more information. We can be reached at (844) 377-7787 or email via hello@drprpusa.com. Or you can order a Platelet-Rich Plasma kit online and try it in your practice.

Together, let’s welcome the Anabolic Era of Medicine.

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Six Ways Platelet-Rich Plasma Saves Your Patient’s Money

In 2011, Stanford University researcher Jason L. Dragoo, reported that there are over 86,000 PRP Injections performed in the US each year. Market analysis by exerts put the growth rate of the Platelet-Rich Plasma market at almost 12% compounded rate which means that the number is probably 170,000 this year. Yes, well over 170,000 PRP injections are performed annually in the US. A recent scientific research by Russian researchers claim that patients save about US$876.84 on average when choosing Platelet-Rich Plasma over conventional treatments. This researchers included only data for PRP applied for wound healing. But we believe the savings for sports injuries and arthritis patients to be much higher. That’s a WHOPPING $149 million in COSTS SAVED BY PRP INJECTIONS in the US alone.

And we’re just scratching the surface here.

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Skyrocketed During The Past 5 Years

Stephen Clark, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS, president and founder of Athletic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, notes that “the number of physicians performing PRP procedures has skyrocketed during the past 5 years.” This correlates to the aggressive demand we’re seeing for this safe and autologous treatment. The patients can’t find enough physicians performing the procedure. We receive inquiries from patients wanting to do the treatments and some are even willing to go out of state if there’s none in their area.

Watch this response from this patient about her PRP injections.

And patients like Ken below come back for more after their initial injection.

The science, however, is just catching up with this trend. Recent FDA-Sanctioned, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled study and Meta-analysis of Level 1 Randomized Controlled Trials continue validating Platelet-Rich Plasma’s role as a better therapeutic tool than conventional treatments.

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Six Ways Patients Save Money When You Offer Them PRP

The big stumbling block for PRP is insurance acceptance. Right now, the insurance companies gleefully ignore the 0232T code – the CPT code for Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, with or without image guidance including its harvesting and preparation. But as they’ll soon realize, not accepting PRP injections is actually costing them a lot of money down the road. That’s why many physicians we talk to believe that it’s only a matter of time before the insurance start accepting it.

But even if it remains that patients have pay out of the pocket for these injections, it still is a very cost-efficient way for them to deal chronic injuries and degeneration.

Here are six ways we know.

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1. Symptom management vs true healing

Typical drug-based approach to healthcare is more symptom management than true healing. This is because the drugs typically do nothing to promote the reversal of the root cause. Instead, they’re good at masking the symptoms. The implications of this are vast when it comes to cost. Since the root cause is not addressed, the patient becomes dependent on the drugs as the disease progresses and symptoms recur. Each time they’re given a stronger dose or a different drug until it no longer works.

Now, compare that to Platelet-Rich Plasma’s approach to actually correct the root cause by promoting healing of the broken or degenerated tissues. Often patients are healed by just one or two injections. And they’re happy for years.

In the long run, the patient who’d had Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are less likely to develop complications leading to surgery.

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2. Eliminate surgeries

This is huge. Analysts estimate that there are over 600 thousand knee-replacement surgeries performed every year. When people think of the cost of these surgeries, even minimally invasive ones, they only look at the hospital bill that may be covered by the insurance provider. But there are numerous other costs like loss productivity due to patient’s downtime, psychological costs, and even miscellaneous costs during the patient’s stay in the hospital.

Moreover, stuff like arthroscopic surgery, the most common orthopedic surgical procedure, has a history of leading to further deterioration and arthritis.

So the patient’s actual costs are high.

All of these are eliminated when you suggest your patients choose Platelet-Rich Plasma at an earlier stage.

3. Complications, scars or downtime

According to this paper, post-surgical complications can exceed $10,000 for each patient. That is just for surgeries. What about complications due to side effects of drugs? Research indicate that it’s about $1300 per adverse drug reactions.

In fact, medical complications and side effects are some of the biggest cost burdens associated with modern western medicine.

Then there are scars associated with surgeries. Not to talk about downtime.

Platelet-Rich Plasma on the other hand would have none of that troubles. This risk of injection is extremely low since it’s all autologous. And the procedure is done on an outpatient basis after which the patient can return to normal activities the following morning.

All of these translates to increased savings every time you recommend Platelet-Rich Plasma for your patients.

4. Multi-potential therapeutic effects

One of the problems with FDA-approved drugs is that they can only be prescribed for the stated purpose of use. A drug for arthritis patients can only be prescribed for arthritis patients even if it might help a patient with tendonitis. Thus if the patient has more than one orthopedic conditions, chances are each one will need different drugs specifically approved for that condition. Take arthritis and osteoporosis – they are treated completely different when using FDA-approved injections.

On the other hand, Platelet-Rich Plasma is multi-potential. It can be injected on…

  • Knees to heal meniscus, ACL, MCL and arthritis
  • Shoulder to heal rotator cuff tears and tendonitis
  • Hip to heal labrum and bursitis
  • Low Back to heal spinal degeneration and sciatica
  • Foot to heal Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles heel and ligament sprains
  • Elbows to heal lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis
  • Bone to aid the union of fractured bones

You get the point. The possibilities are endless.

This means that the patient do not have to get an assortment of drugs if they need relief for multiple symptoms and thus there is no cost of acquiring new drugs (or potentially leaving drugs unused) each time they have a symptom.

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5. No research and marketing costs are added

This is one of the main advantage of Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. Unlike FDA-regulated drugs, for which the companies spend millions of dollars for research, several times more on marketing and mass production, there’s little capital costs involved with Platelet-Rich Plasma.

To produce it, all you will need to invest in is a good PRP Kit and a centrifuge and the patients can come and get the PRP injections unlimited number of times.

All the research on Platelet-Rich Plasma is done by independent researchers around the world and there’s one no single entity who’s licensing it. So customers aren’t paying for bloated research funding and marketing costs.

This means you can afford to charge your patients less.

6. Outpatient treatment, benefits small and independent clinics

The process of getting admitted to a hospital is mentally taxing. And most of the surgical procedures, however minimal require hospitalization. And that means you need big equipments and all sort of things. So only big hospitals can do those. There is an endless list of charges that the hospital needs to include as a standard and depending on the co-pay agreement with their insurance, the patients may end up paying anywhere from 10% to 50% of these extra unnecessary charges.

With Platelet-Rich Plasma, though, it is an outpatient treatment done in small, independent clinics as a 45-minute procedure. And these clinics are very cost-efficient in their operations because they do not need to employ a lot of staff.

The takeaway? Patients pay significantly less compared to surgeries. And the small, independent clinics have a big advantage over large hospitals.

As a last resort I had two injections of PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma is here to stay. The skyrocketing demand is proof. And there is no reason why you shouldn’t be offering it. Thousands of cases prove that it works. We’ve shown you how it saves your patients money.

If you’re an orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologist, and/or run a pain management clinic, you’re doing a tremendous disservice to your patients if you’re not suggesting Platelet-Rich Plasma to your patients. Because Platelet-Rich Plasma has the highest adoption rate in this field – and for a reason. It has become indispensable.

The second group of people who uses PRP is aesthetic professionals followed by ophthalmic surgeons.

We’ll let some of the stories from Physicians themselves convince you about offering Platelet-Rich Plasma.

Here’s one physician who saw the value in Platelet-Rich Plasma ONLY when he himself was forced to seek the treatment.

“I am a physician who suffered with high hamstring tendinopathy which prevented me from playing competitive soccer and sprinting. I tried all conventional treatments for two years without any improvement. These included physiotherapy from a nationally recognized sports physio. I also used NSAIDs, fish oil/omega 3, glucosamine and chondroitin. I was looking at retiring from competitive sport. As a last resort I had two injections of PRP by a specialist sports physician. After three months I can now run without pain. This was a last ditch treatment that worked for me. (Although it was a trial of n=1).”

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Another dentist reports that he’s been using it for more than 8 years for grafting procedures.

PRP is very effective in bone grafting procedures with a huge amount of research supporting it’s effect in speeding healing. It’s use in tendonitis seems to be questionable. I am an oral & maxillofacial surgeon and have used it for greater than eight years with great success in my grafting procedures in the jaws.

The point is, we could go on and on and on about the reasons why a lot of physicians are excited about this treatment. It is simple and practical enough to quickly adopt it into your practice. And the risks are absolutely minimal.

Consider Getting Trained For Advanced Precision PRP Injections

That being said, you might want to undergo training for advanced prp injections at the Interventional Orthopedics foundation. Because, the ability to accurately localize the Platelet-Rich Plasma is one of the biggest needle movers when it comes to extracting the maximum therapeutic benefits. According to the foundation, only 1% of the physicians are able to do these precise injections without training. And so, chances are you may not have had the training. The Interventional Orthopedics Foundation also offer home study videos if you’re not able to attend in-person.

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And if you need help setting up your Platelet-Rich Plasma workbench, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (844) 377-7787 or drop us an email via hello@drprpusa.com. We handle everything from PRP kits to centrifuges to workspace for PRP and marketing brochures.

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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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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 Dermatologist’s Guide To PRP Hair Regeneration

As a powerful medium of regeneration, Platelet-Rich Plasma has seen the most aggressive growth in demand among patients suffering from Alopecia. This is despite the relative lack of evidence surrounding the treatment. All because the results of PRP Hair Regeneration just can’t be ignored.

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And researchers are starting to take it more seriously now.

New studies are emerging that prove the results are more than just opinions of dermatologists. The most recent one is a study published by Egyptian researchers, where they analyzed the results of 90 patients for a period of 3 months using digital camera photography and dermoscopic scans, and concluded that Platelet-Rich Plasma is more effective in the treatment of Alopecia than widely accepted topical minoxidil 5% solution.

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Prior to that, in a literature review by University of Miami and Brown University researchers, they found that, among the 12 studies they looked at, 10 of them had positive results showing Platelet-Rich Plasma was beneficial in treating Alopecia.

The Holy Grail Of Hair Science?

One of the most interesting studies is a study conducted by researchers in Southern Medical University, China. Although the study was conducted on lab mice, it presented very conclusive evidence for Platelet-Rich Plasma as a powerful biologic substance that both shortened the time of hair formation and increased the number of newly formed follicles. The possibility that Platelet-Rich Plasma can promote both of these functions at the same time makes it the holy grail of hair science.

There’s also this other study By Italian researchers suggest that the optimal concentration of Platelet-Rich Plasma for PRP Hair Regeneration is 1.5 million platelets per microliter and that higher concentrations doesn’t seem to improve results (or may at times minimize the results). Although the study size is small (20 patients), it reported significant positive results after administering three PRP injections for each patient at 30-day intervals.

Little wonder that during the AAD 2017 Summer Meeting, it was one of the hottest topics discussed.

American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Summer Meeting

At the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Summer Meeting, which took place a few days ago, Dr. Neil Sadick, MD, from Weill Cornell Medical College, was quoted as saying  that Platelet-Rich Plasma is the hottest therapeutic tool dermatologists nationwide are talking about. Dr. Sadick also acknowledged the lack of a standardized treatment protocol that is holding back the procedure from going mainstream. But all of this is about to change as he mentioned that there are three MAJOR ongoing studies on the topic of PRP Hair Regeneration currently, whose outcome may shift they way this treatment is perceived right now.

Dr. Sadick’s co-presenter, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, MD, said that there’s no question that the demand is growing. And advocated dermatologists to start accepting the reality that if they don’t believe in it now, their customers might go somewhere else to get it.

She concludes by saying, “You have to get on the bandwagon of PRP if you work with patients with hair loss. There is no choice. It is very popular.”

Lack Of Evidence Or Lack Of Funding?

The lack of clinical studies may allude to the fact that funding for this kind of research is next to impossible to obtain. The Brown University and University of Miami researchers who conducted the literature review we cited earlier did not receive any funding for their work.

And so are almost all other literature on PRP Hair Regeneration. It explains the relative lack of robust evidence. But the dermatologists on the field are amazed by growth in demand they’re seeing. PRP looks like a disruptor in the long-stagnant Hair Regeneration industry. What they thought was a passing fad is now turning out to be a powerful force.

Isn’t time that every dermatologist in the country embrace Platelet-Rich Plasma as a standard treatment? Read this article to learn about other reason why you should consider offering the Platelet-Rich Plasma suite of treatments.

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82% “Worth It” Rating In Real Self

Perhaps the best indicator of the effectiveness of a treatment is the customer feedback. The website Real Self is a portal that lists different cosmetic treatments and asks its user to share their experiences. PRP Hair Regeneration is among the most popular treatments discussed in that portal. And on this portal, PRP Hair Regeneration has a whopping 82% “WORTH IT” rating as rated by real customers who’ve had the treatment. It is also the cheapest treatment listed on the site with an average cost of just $1675.

One user in Real Self, who posted a before-after picture that was taken after only ONE PRP treatment, says he was impressed by how much Platelet-Rich Plasma had thickened his receding hairline. Comments like this are not uncommon on the Real Self portal.

More and more patients are seeking out PRP Hair Regeneration instead of the oral drugs and topical medicines because of its holistic, regenerative aspect. This is a “true solution” for hair loss with NO MAJOR SIDE EFFECTS.

Dr. Amiya Prasad, MD, a cosmetic surgeon and fellowship-trained Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who’s been in practice for over 20 years, says, he has no doubt about the efficacy of PRP Hair Regeneration. In fact, he even says that he’s never seen any reversal of results in his patients.

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6 Lessons From More Than 1,000 PRP Hair Regeneration Treatments

Here are the tips shared by top dermatologists who’ve each performed more than 1,000 PRP Hair Regeneration treatments for their clients.

  • 1. There is no substitute for precise intra-dermal injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma at the level of the follicles.
  • 2. It may be helpful to be supported by micro-needling and topical Platelet-Rich Plasma in some cases.
  • 3. The concentration of platelets must be at least 5x the baseline or 1.5 million platelets per microliter (μL).
  • 4. Combining Platelet-Rich Plasma with non-surgical medication and laser light therapy may be beneficial.
  • 5. PRP Hair Regeneration is usually done 3 sessions about 1 month apart, followed by one more session about 12-18 months later depending on the results.
  • 6. Addition of an allograft matrix product to Platelet-Rich Plasma can greatly enhance the results of regeneration.
How to Prepare Platelet-Rich Plasma

Based on the input from dermatologists and Platelet-Rich Plasma experts, here’s how you can prepare the Platelet-Rich Plasma for hair regeneration.

There are three types of Platelet-Rich Plasma Kits. The ones that uses separator gels, ones that uses buffy coat with a single spin on the centrifuge and the ones that uses buffy coat with double spins on a centrifuge. Almost all physicians agree that the last option – using a buffy coat based Platelet-Rich Plasma kit that can be double spun produces the best concentration of 5X-7X above baseline, i.e., more than 1.5 million platelets per micro liter.

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This concentration packs the most nutrients for the regeneration of blood vessels and recruitment of new stem cells that are required for hair regeneration.

The way to achieve this concentration using the DrPRP Kit is simple.

  • 1. Draw 17cc of blood into a DrPRP tube pre-filled with 3cc Anti-coagulant ACD-A.
  • 2. Centrifuge it for 3400 rpm for 4 minutes.
  • 3. You’ll see perfect PRP separation (else you can centrifuge it for another 1 minute.)
  • 4. Sequester the platelet serum from the RBC by adjusting the knob at the bottom of the DrPRP tube.
  • 5. Centrifuge it for another 6 minutes at 3,200 rpm.
  • 6. You’ll get about 10cc of Platelet serum with Platelets lying at the bottom of the chamber. Draw out the top 6cc of the serum, which is the Platelet-Poor PRP.
  • 7. The remaining 4cc is your Platelet-Rich Plasma that has more than 1.5 million platelets per micro liter. Shake it well, draw it out in a syringe and administer it.
With Micro-needling Or Without?

Some dermatologists’ recommended PRP Hair Regeneration protocol includes Micro-needling with topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma. In some cases of hair loss, this can have a beneficial effect.

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Micro-needling, using a device like Bella, creates a series of micro-trauma that warrants a healing response in a manner that covers the entire area of the scalp. This together with the applied Platelet-Rich Plasma will stimulate growth activities in the cells.

Most dermatologists who do micro-needling sandwich it between PRP injections. Say they’re giving a 3-session treatment at a 30-day interval, they’ll inject Platelet-Rich Plasma deep into the derma for the first and the last treatments while the second treatment will be just the Micro-needling with topical application of Platelet-Rich Plasma.

So yes, it is purely optional. With or without this, there is no avoidance of intra-dermal application of Platelet-Rich Plasma for PRP Hair Regeneration. Micro-needling with PRP is most effective for skin rejuvenation of wrinkles and sun damage.

If you’d need a micro-needling system, check out our Bella Micro-needling device. It’s been used by some of the top skincare centers we know.

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PRP with Allograft Matrix

One of the hidden gems we uncovered when looking at Hair Regeneration experts is that they often combine Platelet-Rich Plasma with some kind of allograft matrix. Allograft matrices are widely used in chronic wound healing – it actively changes inactive adult stem cells back into progenitor cells (its active form) and facilitates faster healing and regrowth.

When a high concentration of Platelet-Rich Plasma is combined with Allograft matrix, the matrix acts as scaffold for growth-factor induced cellular proliferation. There are many respected hair restoration experts in the field offering this combination with a very high degree of success. One prominent NY-based hair restoration expert says this combination has never failed to work in his practice with hundreds of clients.

The most commonly used Allograft matrix is derived from porcine urinary bladder tissue. But we recommend a more superior allograft matrix that is derived from amniotic fluid and tissues. This type of Allograft matrix is “immune privileged” meaning that it can be introduced into the body with virtually no chance of a harmful immune response as compared to allografts obtained from porcine bladders.

If you want to choose an allograft product, take a look at our post on the topic.

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Standard drugs vs PRP Hair Regeneration

So far the widest prescribed drugs for male pattern hair loss are Minoxidil and Finasteride. These drugs are designed to prevent progression of hair loss. Minoxidil works by opening up the cell channels allowing more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to reach the follicles. Finasteride prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which translates to less androgen activity in the scalp. In other words, these are temporary solutions. If these drugs are discontinued, any therapeutic benefits will reverse within about 6 months. I think almost every physician knows that. And the people who take these drugs will still lose hair as it’s not 100% effective in its function of stopping hair loss. Plus as I said, there’s no stimulatory effect on hairs.

You may know where I’m going with this. Platelet-Rich Plasma is a whole another story. It’s perhaps the only treatment out there that has clinically proven to regenerate hair follicles. Meaning it not only slows down hair loss, it actually helps promote new hair growth. The question is how long can the effects last. Some patients report that a single injection treatment with a combination of PRP and Allograft injection has produced for them hair regeneration results for FIVE YEARS AND RUNNING. Of course, different patients have varying outcomes.

The point is… until recently we only had two serious options for hair loss recovery. We had drugs that produced temporary effects, and we had surgery that transplanted hairs. And nothing in between. That’s why PRP Regeneration has gained a lot of traction recently.

This doesn’t mean all other treatments are obsolete. Some patients prefer a comprehensive approach to battling hair loss and they’ll want to fire-on-all-cylinders right from the start. Fortunately, Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments have little side effects or contra-indications and can be safely combined with other treatments.

Combining PRP with other treatments for maximum results

We haven’t found any adverse effects in using Platelet-Rich Plasma with either the Minoxidil foams or the Finasteride drugs, nor with other Laser light scalp stimulation therapies. So potentially you could do it all together. It’s entirely up to your patients – whether they want to focus on PRP Hair Regeneration alone or also pursue temporary solutions like drugs, foams and light therapy.

Another potential treatment that can be combined with Platelet-Rich Plasma and Allograft injections is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is proven to increase transformation of hair follicles.

Get On The Bandwagon Of Platelet-Rich Plasma

The trend for PRP Hair Regeneration, PRP Skin Rejuvenation, PRP Sexual Revival And PRP Facelift Procedures are on the rise. And it’s not showing signs of any slow down.

As many of the dermatologists already believe, you have to get on the bandwagon – there’s no choice. The demand for this treatment is only growing. And by refusing to believe in it, you’re potentially denying your customers their right to use regenerative medicine.

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If you’d like to talk to us about the specifics of various protocols, give us a ring at (844) 377-7787. Or head on to our shop to order a trial pack. We’ll be happy to assist you in making a decision about Platelet-Rich Plasma. And don’t worry, we’re not sales professionals. We’re medical professionals just like you. : )

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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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The Rheumatologist’s Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma

Shelly (not the real name) had been suffering from Achilles Tendonitis for a while now. She has rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease. Plus she had a minor surgery on one of her toes and it had gone a tad bit bad. She was determined to find a solution and started with all the usual treatments. When it became obvious that the solution she’s looking for is not so straightforward, she began flirting with alternate treatments. Someone suggested Platelet-Rich Plasma. And so began a love-affair.

I got my first PRP for my Achilles Tendonitis and the doctor told me to get a shot each for 8 straight weeks,” Shelly said. A bit doubtful, she stopped after the second treatment. By the third week, the Tendonitis showed more progress than all of the previous months trying so many conventional treatments. She says, ” just three simple shots and my foot was probably 75% better.”

This is what Rheumatologists can expect when they introduce Platelet-Rich Plasma to their patients.

Rheumatology Had Found A Winner

Rheumatology is one of the fields of medicine that has immensely benefited from the advances of Platelet-Rich Plasma. Because it turns out that Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection is one of the most simplest treatments for musculoskeletal diseases – those that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, swelling, and deformity.

However, they have not been pushing the limits of this novel treatment, as well as the dermatologists.

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Are you a rheumatologist?

If you are, I’m pretty sure you have tried Platelet-Rich Plasma for your patients.

And if you did, you may have saved a few of your patients from going under the knife. But not every Rheumatologist have bought into the idea of Platelet-Rich Plasma. This is unfortunate since just in the osteoarthritis segment alone there are over 27 million U.S. adults who’d be much happier if their rheumatologist had suggested Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections.

Like Kenneth (not the real name), who was part of an experimental group at a local university and got PRP Injection for his torn hip ligament. Prior to this, he was told that he’d need surgery. But three (!) years later, the pain has never really returned and he’s had no surgery.

Another patient, Desiree (not real name), said she and her husband are firm believers of the treatment. It shoved her plantar fasciitis into oblivion and gave her husband’s shoulder joints and knees a big boost.

Cases like these are not rare.

Not All Treatments Of Platelet-Rich Plasma Are Successful

We’d be the first to admit that we’ve seen quite a number of cases where Platelet-Rich Plasma failed to show improvements. Sometimes, we’ve seen cases where the same patient can have mixed results. Like Lynda (not real name) whose PRP treatment for her severely sprained right ankle worked like a charm whereas the one for her similarly compromised left big toe turned out to be a dud.

Rheumatologits' Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma

But we can improve the chances of success dramatically by adhering to a standard for the following.

1. Concentration

By definition, PRP must contain a higher concentration of platelets than baseline. This can vary as the baseline, which is the platelet concentration in the patient’s blood, varies. But the use of a good PRP kit like this can result in a concentration that’s 5X-8X times the baseline concentration. This kit can also be used to get a downgraded sample with 2.5X – 3X times the baseline concentration, which may sometimes be required based on the treatment performed. Therefore, getting a PRP kit that only produces lower grade PRP is not advised.

2. White Blood Cells (Leucocytes)

PRP containing white blood cells have a different biologic effects than the ones without. The most popular form of PRP is L-PRP which contains Leucocytes. The DrPRP Kit which provides higher concentration of platelets delivers an end product that’s classified into three fractions: the Red Blood Cells (RBC) without platelets, the Platelet Serum in which the platelets are suspended and the Buffy Coat which contains both the platelets and white blood cells (WBCs). This makes it possible to adjust the end product to include some White Blood Cells. Because, the macrophages (circulating monocytes) present in WBC can remove debris and ingest harmful foreign particles, bacteria, and dead or dying cells to speed up the healing process.

3. The Use Of ACD

The standard protocol for Platelet-Rich Plasma requires the addition of an Anti-Coagulant (ACD) to prevent the blood clotting. The addition of ACD makes the blood more acidic than normal. This can have a negative effect on the half-life of growth factors. So in certain cases, we recommend buffering the PRP back to a physiologic range prior to injection.

Rheumatologits' Guide To Platelet-Rich Plasma

The Growth Factors In Platelet-Rich Plasma

The Platelet-Rich Plasma owes it’s healing prowess to the growth factors found in platelets. They are made accessible to the tissues and ligaments when the platelets are activated. The exact roles of these growth factors remain a bit vague at this time but from what researchers have been telling us it is evident that they support a wide range of processes in all three of the healing stages – inflammation, proliferation and remodeling.

Here’s a nice little infographic that lists out the functions of the primary growth factors in Platelet-Rich Plasma.

GROWTH FACTORS IN Platelet-rich Plasma

Clinical Evidence

1. Platelet Rich Plasma and Subacromial Tendonitis

In recent years, Platelet-Rich Plasma has proven to be effective for Subacromal tendonitis. In a study conducted by Dr. Turlough O’Donnell, MD, and Aamir H. Shaikh, MSc, MRCSEd, MCh, of UPMC Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, 102 patients were treated with PRP injections administered directly into the suprasimatos tendon (shoulder) and 102 patients were treated with treated with 20 mL solution of 0.05 percent bupivacaine and 80 mgs of methylprednisolone.

“At 12-month follow-up, patients who received a series of PRP injections were 16 times less likely to have undergone surgical intervention than patients who received corticosteroid injections,” the authors reported.

Another study by Michael Carpone DO et al, which concluded that “a single ultrasound-guided, intralesional injection of PRP resulted in safe, significant, sustained improvement of pain, function, and MRI outcomes in participants with refractory Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

2. Platelet Rich Plasma and Epicondylitis

Epicondylitis is often a chronic case of tendinopathy and a healing response is usually hard to obtain. Platelet-Rich Plasma’s role in this started in 2006, when in a Pilot study by Allan Mishra, 19 patients with refractory epicondylitis who were prescribed surgery, was given a single Platelet-Rich Plasma injection. After 8 weeks, patients reported 60% improvement which rose to 93% and after just two years.

In another controlled clinical study, the effect of PRP was compared with corticosteroids, in a randomized, double-blind manner with 100 patients who had chronic epicondylitis. After one year, the authors concluded that PRP significantly exceeded the clinical benefit obtained by corticosteroids.

3. Platelet Rich Plasma and Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the bigger fields in rheumatology – and the standard procedure for rheumatologists has been to mask the symptoms using corticosteroid injections. However, in this study, platelet-rich plasma injection was found to better than corticosteroid injections at the three-month follow up.

4. Platelet Rich Plasma and Knee Osteoarthritis

There are multiple studies in the past 3 years, both controlled and open, which highlight the efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma for Knee Osteoarthritis. In the largest of these studies, researchers in Taiwan, conducted 8 single-arm studies, 3 quasi-experimental studies, and 5 randomized controlled trials with 1543 participants to validate that Platelet-Rich Plasma does improves outcomes for patients with knee joint cartilage degenerative pathology. And does that better than Hyaluronic Acid.

However, recent research suggests that a combination of HA+PRP may be even more effective.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Knowledge Mandatory For Rheumatologists?

There is no doubt that Platelet-Rich Plasma is here to stay. And it can be the biggest item in the rheumatologist’s therapeutic rolodex. The safety, efficacy and simplicity is something that no other treatments can rival. However, as I mentioned before rheumatologists have not been taking advantage of it as much as others. Perhaps they are waiting for more conclusive evidence or insurance acceptance of the procedure, but considering that this procedure carries virtually no risk, it’s the somewhat of duty of every rheumatologist to give it a try. And come to new discoveries of their own.

You can try this at a relatively inexpensive way – with this kit and a standard lab centrifuge like this.

The medical community need more rheumatologists’ acceptance of Platelet-Rich Plasma to formalize the frequency, volume and etiquette for this life-saving procedure. After all, there are 27 million Americans at stake here.

Plus, the Platelet-Rich Plasma industry is undergoing rapid changes. New innovations are added every month. Getting in the game in these early stages will make you one of the pioneers in the field.

Here’s a recent interview with Dr. Lance Johansen who says we might see Platelet-Rich Plasma being combined with genetics like Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and DNAs to help grow new cartilage.

PRP INJECTIONS MEDICAL PRACTICE
Why Add PRP Injections To Your Medical Practice? [Infographic]

Many physicians we know claim that PRP Injections have saved their practice. Some of them even say that PRP helped them fall in love with medicine again. Because for the first time in modern medical history, we have a treatment that’s 100% autologous and natural with zero side effects that can aid healing for a variety of medical conditions. Nothing else comes close.

PRP INJECTIONS MEDICAL PRACTICE

While the above is a solid reason for you to start offering Platelet-Rich Plasma in your practice, there are a few other reasons too. Let’s go through them.

  1. It’s extremely simple procedure – and easy to get started: If you choose us, for less than $3000 investment, you can get started with Platelet-Rich Plasma (enough for your first 10 treatments). Plus we’ll train you on everything you’ll need to know as well as provide marketing support.
  2. It’s not just a fad – this treatment is here to stay: For those who’re choosing to “wait and see,” Platelet-Rich Plasma is showing no signs of slowing down. The PRP market is expected to hit about $452 million dollars in 2024. That’s a 12.5% compounded annual rate of growth from just $160 million dollars in 2015.
  3. Your patient satisfaction will skyrocket: In certain categories, the satisfaction rate for patients who’ve gotten PRP treatments is as high as 95%. The treatments surprise the patients with the results – most of them can’t believe they can have a genuine reversal of their condition with such a simple, non-invasive and no-down-time procedure as PRP.

Right now, the time is ripe for you to become a Platelet-Rich Plasma Specialist in your field. There is much research to be done in multiple aspects of PRP treatments ranging from research around combining PRP with other treatments and the composition of PRP itself. Since there is no standard in this, you’ll be creating the standards yourself.

We need you to be the pioneer in this field. Platelet-Rich Plasma, literally, is a turning point in American medical history. And we don’t want you to miss it.

Here’s an infographic that we’ve made as a reminder to this fact:

Infographic: Why Add PRP To Your Medical Practice?

PRP Injections Why Should You Add Them

A great variety of treatments with just one tiny investment

The beauty of Platelet-Rich Plasma is that it has become virtually indispensable in almost all fields of practice. Urology, sports medicine, pain management, skin rejuvenation, eye care, spine care, hair care, these are the most prominent fields. And those physicians who’ve embraced PRP Injections are seeing high patient retention rates too.

So are you considering Platelet-Rich Plasma?

PRP INJECTIONS MEDICAL PRACTICE

TOP PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS
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.

TOP  PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS

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.

TOP  PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS

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.

TOP  PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS

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.

TOP  PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS

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.

TOP  PRP TREATMENTS DRPRP DOCTORS

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. 🙂

Women Surgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon
Who Else Tried This New Yorker Challenge For Women Surgeons?

In more ways than one, in the field of surgery women surgeons are a minority.

This is a stark contrast to medical school enrollments where almost 50 percent are women. Yet, in the field of surgery there are may 10-20 percent women.

Now, I’ve been in the medical industry for so long, and I don’t believe external factors – or male domination specifically – has anything to do with them, females, not becoming surgeons.

Perhaps, it has to do with the emotional makeup of women. Maybe they don’t fancy a career as a surgeon. Maybe they dislike blood and cutting people up.

Of course, that’s a big (and vague) generalization.

I’m fascinated by the recent trend among women surgeons to replicate the April 3 cover of New Yorker – it has become a global phenomenon.

Have you or colleagues tried it too?

This is a great organic campaign to inspire more women to consider joining the surgeon community.

Spread the word.

Women Surgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon4

How should you do it?

Twitter is already flooded with photos from the campaign. Just search for #NYerORCoverChallenge and you’ll find many. Basically, you snap you your fellow female surgeons done in work attire typically over the operating table under the bright light above.

Here are some of the examples of how people have done.

An Encouraging Look At The Movement

Although the career of a surgeon is a particularly challenging, do women get the support they need to progress in their career? Do our world-class medical facilities offer the flexibility the women need? Is the environment more open and tolerant. Do they get to express openly their intuition and feelings?

Maybe it’s not.

Or maybe as this writer complained in her Huffington Post article that they are constantly being mistaken for a nurse, it’s the attitude of the general public that has to change.

I firmly believe no one is deliberately trying to keep women from being a leader in surgery.

But no one can deny that we have room for growth when it comes to accommodating and encouraging women surgeons to become high performers in this area.

Women Surgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon4

The fact is women surgeons had been reported as far as 3500 BC. Ancient Egyptian paintings in caves and tombs showed that some of the leaders in the medical field were indeed women.

And in colonial times, daughters of surgeons were actually trained to be surgeons. We also have our Mary Edwards Walker back in 1863 who became the first female surgeon in the US, then employed by the U.S. Army, and also the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.

More history about the role of women in surgery can be found in this video, (also embedded down below.)

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