Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Dr. Forrest Lanchbury and Southwest Healthcare Services are currently offering Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP has been used for close to 30 years, although it is only recently become an emerging technology used across many specialties including dentistry, orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology, gynecology and others. PRP is obtained from drawing the patient’s own blood and spinning it down in a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly, separating fluids of different densities) to concentrate the platelets above what would be normal.
Platelets, are an important reservoir of growth factors in the body and play an important role in many processes such as coagulation, immune response, making new blood vessels, and healing damaged tissues. PRP also contains a few circulating stem cells although it’s not a major source for stem cells in the body. When PRP is injected into the body it activates platelets which released several healing factors. Most of these are types of growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor and several others. These growth factors can be used to heal wounds such as chronic skin ulcers and for healing injured tissues and joints. PRP is also used in aesthetics for improving hair growth and can be used like filler in the face to improve volume and wrinkles. In some cases PRP is combined with the patient’s own fat which has a high concentration of stem cells. This combination of PRP and fat can be used to correct more severe volume loss in the face, or injected into arthritic joints for more powerful healing.
Dr. Lanchbury has over six years of experience using platelet rich plasma and has had excellent results in many patients with improvement in chronic pain from arthritis and chronic tendon and ligament injuries such as shoulder tendinitis. Platelet rich plasma can also be very helpful for acute injuries to accelerate healing, such as ankle, foot and knee sprains. In some patients PRP can be quite helpful in relieving neck and back and sacral iliac pain.
Platelet rich plasma is a safe treatment and is desirable from the standpoint that it is from the patient’s own body. PRP is more suitable than cortisone, which doesn’t really lead to any healing in and of itself and can lead to additional injury and delayed healing.
The body must at last heal itself. PRP is a method to deliver the high concentration of the healing materials the injured area requires to heal itself.
For more information or to schedule a consultation please contact Dr. Lanchbury or his nurse Chrissy Blankenbaker at Southwest Healthcare Services 701-523-5555.