We are excited to offer Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to help stimulate the healing process in a diseased or damaged area of your body. Famous athletes have been getting these treatments for years and we’re proud to say that our patients can now come in to see a provider at Team Health Care Clinic for these same Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections at a very reasonable cost.
PRP is a completely natural substance made from the patient’s own blood. It is used to trigger a powerful healing response.
Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and then refined to create a high concentration of growth factors, platelets and other healing ingredients. These concentrated, naturally produced ingredients are then injected into problem areas to treat: hip and joint pain, knee, foot and ankle pain, tennis elbow, shoulder injuries and arthritis.
PRP perfectly fits the Team Health Care philosophy of offering natural treatments for sustained wellness!
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One of our patients: who was suffering from arthritis came in to have one of his knees treated with PRP. He was so delighted with the result that he not only came back to have the second knee treated, he had two toes injected with PRP as well.
Dr. Joe Bertsch has his own PRP success story: “I’ve always been athletic and have run many marathons. But recently when I sustained a medial meniscus injury, my knee was so sore I couldn’t run. The injury did not get better after a few months so I had two PRP injections a few weeks apart. Now my knee is greatly improved and I’m back to running. Because I have personal experience with PRP, I can tell patients with conviction there is no reason not to try this 100% natural treatment.”
PRP Research Studies on a Variety of Conditions
Treatment of Chronic Elbow Tendinosis with Buffered Platelet-Rich Plasma (The American Journal of Sports Medicine)
One hundred forty patients with elbow epicondylar pain were evaluated in this study. All these patients had already failed a standardized physical therapy protocol and a variety of other
nonoperative treatments. These patients were given PRP instead of surgical options. At 6 months, the patients treated with platelet-rich plasma noted 81% improvement in their visual analog pain scores.
At final follow-up (at 12-38 months), the platelet-rich plasma patients reported 93% reduction in pain compared with before the treatment. Author’s conclusion: “Platelet-rich plasma should be considered before surgical intervention.”
Ongoing Positive Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma Versus Corticosteroid Injection in Lateral Epicondylitis (The American Journal of Sports Medicine)
Conclusion: Treatment of patients with chronic lateral epicondylitis with PRP reduces pain and increases function significantly, exceeding the effect of corticosteroid injection even after a follow-up of 2 years.
FOOT & ANKLE/PLANTAR FASCITIS:
Platelet-Rich Plasma Efficacy Versus Corticosteroid Injection Treatment for Chronic Severe Plantar Fasciitis (Foot and Ankle International Journal)
The cortisone group had a pretreatment average AOFAS score of 52, which initially improved to 81 at 3 months post treatment but decreased to 74 at 6 months, then dropped to near baseline levels of 58 at 12 months, and continued to decline to a final score of 56 at 24 months. In contrast, the PRP group started with an average pretreatment AOFAS score of 37, which increased to 95 at 3 months, remained elevated at 94 at 6 and 12 months, and had a final score of 92 at 24 months.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Intra-Articular Injection Versus Hyaluronic Acid Viscosupplementation as Treatments for Cartilage Pathology: From Early Degeneration to Osteoarthritis (Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgeries)
Autologous PRP injections showed more and longer efficacy than HA injections in reducing pain and symptoms and recovering articular function. The best results were achieved in younger and more active patients with a low degree of cartilage degeneration, though all ages showed some benefit.
Does Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Provide Clinically Superior Outcomes Compared With Other Therapies in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis? A Systematic Review of Overlapping Meta-analyses (Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgeries)
Literature searches were performed for meta-analyses examining use of PRP versus corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or placebo. Use of PRP led to significant
improvements in patient outcomes at 6 months after injection, and these improvements were seen starting at 2 months and were maintained for up to 12 months.
Treatment of Knee Joint Osteoarthritis with Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma in Comparison with Hyaluronic Acid (The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
No severe adverse events were observed. Statistically significantly better results in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index and Numeric Rating Scale scores were recorded in a group of patients who received PRP injections after a 3 and 6 month follow-up.
KNEE PATELLAR TENDINITIS:
Pain and activity levels before and after platelet-rich plasma injection treatment of patellar tendinopathy: a prospective cohort study and the influence of previous treatments (International Orthopedics)
After PRP treatment, patients with patellar tendinopathy showed a statistically significant improvement. In addition, these improvements can also be considered clinically meaningful. However, patients who were not treated before with ethoxysclerol, cortisone, and/or surgical treatment showed a slightly greater improvement.
SHOULDER ROTATOR CUFF:
Comparison of the therapeutic effects of ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma injection and dry needling in rotator cuff disease: a randomized controlled trial (Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation)
Autologous platelet-rich plasma injections lead to a progressive reduction in the pain and disability when compared to dry needling. This benefit is certainly still present at six months after treatment.
These findings suggest that treatment with platelet-rich plasma injections is safe and useful for rotator cuff disease
A Systematic Review of the Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Sports Medicine as a New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine)
Conclusions: Presently, PRP use in tendon and ligament injuries has several potential advantages, including faster recovery, and possibly a reduction in recurrence, with no adverse reactions described