Most organizations, and the physicians associated with them, that teach Prolotherapy and PRP agree that prolotherapy should be tried first.
• It is less painful.
• It primes the area that is damaged, which PRP does not.
• It is less expensive
Since Prolotherapy can usually fix at least 80 – 85% of injuries, it is the first best choice. If healing is not attained with Prolotherapy, then PRP would be your next logical choice.
PRP Frequent Questions
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP as used in regenerative orthopedics is a non-surgical healing treatment for healing soft tissue. PRP is injected into the affected region to stimulate and enhance healing. PRP is your own blood concentrated so that more platelets (AKA growth factors) that are normally found in your blood are obtained.
What does PRP mean?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is the fluid portion of blood which contains cellular components such as red cells, white blood cells and platelets. The Harvest method that Dr Fields uses concentrates the platelets 7-10 times of what is normally found in blood. Other systems concentrate them, but to a lesser extent.
What conditions are treated with PRP?
Weakened torn or damaged ligaments, tendons, muscle tears, menisci or labrums are the most common soft tissue structures that are treated. PRP has also been effective in treating arthritis.
What are some common diagnoses treated with PRP?
Knees: meniscus, ACL, MCL LCL, arthritis, kneecap instability
Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Tears, labrum tears, tenositis
Hip: labrum, tenositis, Bursitis
Low Back: Facet joints, arthritis, Sacro-Iliac dysfunction
Ankle/Foot: Achilles dysfunction, tendonitis, arthritis, ankle sprains
Wrist/Hand finger/joint tendinitis, ligament tears, arthritis, carpal tunnel
Elbow: Tennis elbow (later epicondylitis, golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis