Platelet-rich Plasma therapy is an innovative minimally invasive technique that aids in triggering stem cell regeneration of damaged tissue. Platelets are one of the body’s great healers. They are the part of the blood that triggers clotting, but when injected directly into the body at the site of pain or tissue damage, the platelets serve another important purpose. They advance tissue regeneration by reducing inflammation to the damaged tissue thereby allowing the body to heal itself. When concentrated with growth factors and then injected into the site of tissue damage and pain they can help restore muscle tissue, tendons, and ligaments.
The platelets are drawn from your own blood through a needle while you are either sedated or under anesthesia. This can be
performed by itself or in combination with other minimally invasive procedures. Your own blood is processed using a highly specialized, unique proprietary system to separate the red blood cells and the platelets via light centrifugal acceleration and gentle deceleration. Filtering out the red blood cells allows us to concentrate the platelets and its growth factors for maximum efficacy. The platelet rich plasma is autologous, meaning it was taken from you, concentrated and then given back to you.
Once the platelet rich plasma has been properly prepared and the platelets and growth factors are ready to be administered, they are injected into the area of tissue damage and pain by our expert surgeons. When the platelet rich plasma and growth factors are injected into the site of damaged tissue and pain, Inflammation is reduced and collagen is produced. During this process, blood vessels and cellular elements begin to multiply and stem cells are directed toward the damaged tissues, where they can help instigate healing. This allows your own body to harness its healing powers without the addition of any foreign substance. This is an outpatient procedure that can generally be done in a matter of minutes.
The DISC Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment facilitate the pain-free collection and injection of platelets. Healing begins immediately after the injection, with damaged tissue repairing itself quickly and significant improvement within a few weeks to months.