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PRP Therapy for Soft Tissue Injuries

PRP Therapy in Iowa

As a leader in regenerative medicine, Dr. Santos offers ground breaking Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to aid in the healing and regeneration of soft tissues injuries including tendon, ligament, and cartilage damage.

PRP has become increasingly popular in sports medicine and orthopedic practice as treatment for muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. Derived from a patient’s own blood, PRP is made of many different growth factors contained in blood borne platelets. Once extracted, Dr. Santos employs a propriety method of concentrating the platelets, using an advanced centrifuge that spins and separates blood components and isolates the blood platelets. The platelets are rich in growth factors and have a regenerative capacity that stimulates the natural healing process. The growth factors released from the platelets help attract other repair cells, accelerating the healing process.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) assists in cell repair by decreasing inflammation, improving cell growth, and acting as signals to the body’s immune system. It can be applied on its own, combine with other biologics or as an adjunct to surgery, allowing a high “dose” of growth factors and other bioactive proteins such as cytokines and chemokines to be delivered to the target tissue.

Advantages of PRP Therapy for Joint Pain, Tendon and Ligament Injuries :

  • Patient safety – Since the platelets are harvested a patient’s own blood, there is little to no risk of an adverse reaction, rejection, infection, or disease transmission.
  • Cost effective – PRP treatments are quick, cost effective, outpatient procedures that utilize a patient’s own blood and do not require anesthesia or hospital costs.
  • Quicker recovery times – PRP treatments are completed in office and generally last 1 hour. Patients can resume daily activities within a few days and can resume more intensive physical activity within 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Alleviates the need for invasive surgery – Stem cell therapy administered in concert with PRP injections often leads to avoidance of joint surgery or lifting the burden of pain medication.
  • All natural – By using a patient’s own harvested platelets, the body can heal itself naturally.

Conditions Treated by PRP

Soft tissue injuries are most responsive to PRP treatment and the Regenerative Cell Institute offers PRP therapy to treat a broad range of sports and acute injuries resulting in joint, tendon and ligament pain.

Our PRP Therapy for Soft Tissue Injuries Includes:

  • Treatment of joint pain resulting from inflammation after an acute injury
  • Ligament and muscle injuries
  • Tendonitis, e.g. tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Early partial tendon tears

PRP and Autologous Stem Cells

While PRP therapy can be effective for acute sports injuries, it is not always effective for treating chronic joint injuries and degenerative disc disease that causes lower back pain. More profound results, including tissue regeneration and pain relief, are often seen in these conditions when PRP is utilized in combination with stem cell injections.

How is PRP Therapy for Soft Tissue Injuries Administered?

Dr. Santos personally evaluates each patient to assess their condition and determine the best course of treatment. Once he establishes the optimal treatment plan, the patient’s blood is drawn (approximately 60-120 cc’s) and then undergoes a proprietary, multi-step centrifuge process to isolate the platelet rich plasma and yield the highest concentration of platelets. Dr. Santos creates a custom PRP formula for each patient; these formulas are tailored to address the patient’s condition and their specific needs. Once the PRP formula is prepared, it is injected directly into the damaged tissues, using fluoroscopic (live-image) guided injection.

To learn more about our PRP therapy for soft tissue injuries, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos, please contact the Regenerative Cell Institute.

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