Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has gained increasing attention as a non surgical option for musculoskeletal injuries. Platelets are rich in growth factors which mobilize repair cells, promote cell division and accelerate healing. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic PRP has been successful in treatment of elbow, hip, knee and heel pain( lateral and medial epicondylitis, piriformis syndrome, patellar tendinopathy and Achilles tendinopathy.
Maximal clinical results are obtained when an accurate diagnosis is established, injection of PRP is performed under ultrasound guidance and a labatory prepated PRP is utilized.
Identifying the source of pain is essential. Delivery of the platelet concentrate must be directly into the area of damage. Ultrasound gives direct visualization of the damaged tissue and the where the injected platelets are going. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we have a state of the art laboratory which enables us to prepare a customized platelet concentrate which has a higher number of platelets and less cellular debris than bedside centrifuge units commonly employed by most clinics.