Harness your body’s power to heal naturally. At Sikora Integrative Medicine, we utilize PRP to heal the body naturally and nonsurgically. We help the body fight inflammation and pain and repair naturally using your own body’s natural growth factors to heal joints, tendons, ligaments, and arthritis.
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets are blood cells that have many growth and healing factors. Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process. Call to schedule a consultation.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through our Emcyte® centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. Growth factors include Platelet-derived Growth Factor, Transforming Growth Factor-β, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor as well as several others. Up to 7 types of growth factors as well as cytokines can be found in PRP.
Platelet-rich plasma has been found to significantly enhance the healing process, and is commonly used for rotator cuff tears, for Achilles tendon ruptures, tendinitis such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, as well as other sports injuries and for knee osteoarthritis and meniscal tears.
Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. In addition, the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.