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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets, the tiny fragments of blood cells, travel through our bodies and help in the prevention of bleeding following injuries and contributing to the healing of wounds and restoration of bone damage. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy harnesses platelets derived from one's own blood to foster the generation of new collagen specifically at the site of injury or surgery. This results in an enhanced tissue repair response and a quicker recovery period.

Over the past decade, PRP has gained significant popularity for its ability to expedite the body's healing mechanisms and diminish scarring. Widely employed for conditions like sports injuries, arthritis, tendonitis, torn ligaments, broken bones, and more, PRP is recognized for its efficacy in promoting a swift recovery process.

We invest in our patients health and maximize outcomes by ONLY using FDA cleared products and equipment for our PRP treatments.  

How Does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Work?

In the aftermath of an injury or surgical procedure, the body initiates the production of platelets to form blood clots, arresting any bleeding. These platelets adhere to damaged tissues, constructing a supportive "scaffolding" that fosters the growth of other cells into the affected area. However, this natural healing process may not occur swiftly enough.

PRP therapies involve the extraction and concentration of your own platelets and white blood cells into a condensed volume. Subsequently, your physician reintroduces these concentrated platelets back into the specific area of concern. PRP Therapy functions by delivering these highly concentrated platelets to targeted injured areas, promoting tissue growth and facilitating repair. The injected platelets generate proteins, known as growth factors, which instigate cell division, stimulate the development of new connective tissue, and contribute to wound healing. This explains the widespread adoption of platelet-rich plasma therapy among professional athletes, and now, the accessibility of this technology for anyone seeking accelerated healing, improved recovery, and enhanced performance.

PRP procedures can be administered through direct injections into the wound or by using needles to target areas such as tendons, muscles, cartilage, and joints.

We only use FDA cleared PRP Products and Devices Bayshore Medical Group Annapolis, Maryland
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What conditions does PRP help treat?

PRP demonstrates optimal effectiveness when applied to areas experiencing chronic inflammation, impaired healing, and/or pain. These encompass:

  1. Arthritis: Traditional treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections may not yield satisfactory results for arthritic joints. PRP proves beneficial in alleviating joint pain and impeding arthritis progression.

  2. Cartilage Repair: Common among active individuals, cartilage tears can be addressed with PRP, which aids in restoring cartilage function and enhancing durability.

  3. Tendon Injury: Tendons, resilient bands of fibrous tissue linking muscle to bone, can lead to significant pain and reduced motion when torn. PRP contributes to the strengthening and rebuilding of damaged tendons, particularly in chronic cases.

  4. Sports Injuries: Athletes frequently encounter repetitive stress injuries like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, ACL/MCL sprains, and shin splints. PRP accelerates recovery and minimizes potential long-term effects.

  5. Wound Healing: Prolonged wound healing and complications such as infections can be addressed with PRP. It aids in the treatment of chronic ulcers by enhancing skin nutrient absorption and promoting the formation of robust new tissue.

While PRP proves beneficial for various injuries, it is predominantly employed in treating sports-related issues, including knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, and elbow concerns. Beyond sports injuries, PRP has exhibited positive outcomes in addressing musculoskeletal problems unrelated to sports, such as osteoarthritis and low back pain.

For further information on Platelet Rich Plasma injections, feel free to contact us today!

The Benefits Of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelets house numerous growth factors that stimulate the proliferation of stem cells. Additionally, they release enzymes that facilitate the breakdown of scar tissue and eliminate dead tissue, paving the way for the formation of fresh, healthy tissue.

PRP proves beneficial for a diverse range of injuries. Whether you seek an alternative treatment for muscle injuries, a fractured bone, or a lingering old injury showing little improvement, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy emerges as a viable choice.

The clinical studies on Platelet Rich Plasma show remarkable improvements in pain intensity and quality of movement following PRP injection. Studies have found that patients with chronic shoulder pain experienced significant reductions in pain and improved functional outcomes following PRP therapy. Patients who received  the recommended course of PRP injections experienced long-term relief from knee osteoarthritis.

Who is a Good Candidate For PRP Injections?

It is advisable for individuals considering PRP to consult with a medical practitioner, particularly one trained in regenerative medicine, prior to undergoing treatment. While PRP can be highly effective when administered correctly, there are essential precautions to be aware of before proceeding with the procedure.

Before administering PRP treatment, medical practitioners may conduct thorough tests on patients to ensure the suitability and potential benefits of the procedure. For instance, a blood test may be conducted to ascertain the absence of conditions like anemia or other factors that could pose risks during the procedure. Additionally, the practitioner may assess the patient's immune system to gauge how effectively their body will respond to PRP injections.

Find Out if Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is Right For You!

Bayshore Medical Group offers Platelet Rich Plasma procedures to help patients recover from both acute and chronic injuries. Our trained providers use PRP to promote healing and decrease inflammation caused by joint arthritis, torn tendon, bursitis, knee sprains, and sports injuries.

No matter what pain you’re experiencing, our multi-disciplinary approach to medicine will provide you with the personalized attention you require to achieve long-term relief.

More Information
and References

important elements in the blood that make prp so effective
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PRP online PDF articles/resources


The Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Tendon and Ligament Healing

Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection in the Management of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: A Review of the Current Literature

Platelet-rich plasma for rotator cuff tendinopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Efficacy of Single Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

PRP Injections for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment: A Prospective Clinical Study

Effect of platelet-rich plasma versus steroid injection in plantar fasciitis: a randomized clinical trial,and%20their%20long%2Dterm%20efficacy

Role of Platelet Rich Plasma in Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Study

Effect of Intraarticular Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Knee Osteoarthritis: A Multicenter Retrospective Clinical Study

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection for Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint Osteoarthritis,improvement%20either%20moderate%20or%20excellent

Comparison of ultrasound- guided platelet-rich plasma injection and conventional physical therapy for management of adhesive capsulitis: a randomized trial

Platelet-rich plasma, an adjuvant biological therapy to assist peripheral nerve repair

Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Treating Low Back Pain: A Review of the Current Literature

Systematic Review Systematic Review of Platelet-Rich Plasma for Low Back Pain

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