I asked our Nurse Practitioner, Lisa Keller, who is experienced in PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy, to treat me with PRP injections. Research over the last several years shows enough evidence that Platelet Rich Plasma can be used to treat several skin issues such as Diabetic foot ulcers, bedsores, thermal burns, hair loss, superficial and surgical injuries and skin graft donor sites. Treatment results also include facial rejuvenation and post-traumatic scars.
Lisa injected my shoulder, left wrist, and my face.
PRP is basically a natural product produced from your own body. Through a simple blood draw, a little amount of blood is drawn from an individual into a sterile tube. Using a unique centrifuge machine, the blood is spun down in order to take out and concentrate the stem cells, growth factors and platelets that are very important for tissue healing. This little amount of blood with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors is referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP treatment recently gained widespread recognition in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII. Other high profile athletes include Tiger Woods who received four treatments following knee surgery and pitchers Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon -- both recent examples of PRP success in Major League Baseball.
My own PRP therapy took Lisa approximately 30 minutes to complete. I am hoping that I will see the results experienced by many of our patients: growth of new collagen, bringing smoother and firmer skin for my face; and aid in the healing of my shoulder and wrist. (Medically speaking, some conditions that can be treated successfully with PRP therapy include the shoulder involving: rotator cuff tendinitis, impingement, bursitis, and bicipital tendinitis; and in the wrist and hand involving: DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, tendinitis, ligament tears.)