A new orthopaedic treatment tool has been making the rounds in the news! It's known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment. And reporters have been fascinated by a protocol that may potentially speed up the healing process. Many sports athletes sing their praises for this treatment - and now it's available through our practice.
Established in 2004, Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center is a local resource and care center for those affected by joint disorders and injuries. Since 1987, Dr. Bowman has provided the latest in both nonsurgical and surgical orthopaedic treatment to those who need it. From our cutting-edge electronic medical records to our use of the latest in imaging technology, our staff process and training puts the focus on providing consistent care to you that is 100% based on your symptoms and needs. If you are struggling with joint issues, and this sounds like the care that you need, you're invited to contact us online or at (724) 933-3300. We look forward to working with you and helping you find relief!
"Platelet-rich Plasma", or PRP, refers to a specific type of plasma, i.e. the fluid that carries blood cells through the circulatory system. PRP plasma contains a higher level of platelets than what is normally found in the bloodstream. Platelets are best known for helping the clotting process when we are injured. However, they also contain growth factor proteins, which are very helpful in the healing process.
These treatments are gaining popularity following laboratory studies showing that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. Not every patient responds the same to treatments, however, as their overall health and the nature of their injury can influence PRP’s effectiveness.
To develop a PRP preparation, blood is drawn from the patient who will undergo the treatment. The platelets in the drawn blood are then separated from other blood cells, and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Following this process, the new, higher concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood and carefully injected into an injured area.
PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow. Research is also ongoing to determine PRP's effectiveness in treating common sports injuries, arthritic joints, and post-op recovery.
Whatever the nature of your injury may be, the Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center will initially provide an exam and use imaging tools to get a closer look at your affected joints, bones, and tissues. Following a thorough review of your condition, we will make recommendations for treatment based on our findings. This may or may not include the use of PRP treatments.
Where necessary, we can also prepare patients for any surgical procedures that will best address their condition. Because every patient is different, specific questions about any diagnosis or surgery should always be discussed in-depth with your medical and/or surgical teams. That’s why we invite you to bring all of your questions to us during your visits, as well as by phone afterward if needed. We will gladly provide the information you need to make the right decision for your health needs.
In addition to Dr. Bowman’s expertise, our practice’s partnerships provide patients with the access they may need to additional care in the form of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and orthotists. Dr. Bowman - and, when needed, these partners - will constantly strive to provide a consistent and high level of nonoperative and postoperative care.