PRP & PRFM Treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way,PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections administer concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into damaged cartilage and tendons to reduce pain and to aid in the healing process.
- PRP rebuilds these tissues and can be used for common tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, and to repair cartilage due to osteoarthritis or other damage.
- PRP injections consist of extracting a blood sample, concentrating the platelets and injecting them into injured areas of the body.
- PRP injections are sometimes performed in a series, but many patients only require one injection to see results.
When PRP is injected, it releases its activating factors over a time period of about 6-8 hours.
Platelet Rich Fibrin Mixture Therapy - PRFM
What is PRFM?
PRFM technology binds the platelets into a gel matrix and extends the activating factors that are released over 6 – 8 days. The advantage is a more prolonged recruitment of the local stem cells and fibroblasts, which should produce a more profound effect in the joints injected. PRFM has the potential to heal as opposed to injections like cortisone which only mask underlying problems.
PRFM is derived directly from the patient’s own blood. After the blood is drawn it is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. They are then prepared and remain in a liquid form for injection. Once the injection reaches the tissue, a gel matrix is formed and the beneficial effects begin to occur.
For patients that are hoping to repair injured joints without a costly and debilitating surgical procedure, PRFM may be right for you.
Book a consultation with Dr. Ballenas to find out if this is a good choice for you.