Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Numerous published studies report the biological boost PRP gives to healing. First used in the 1990’s as part of dental procedures to restore receded or otherwise degraded gums, PRP treatment has received significant recent attention after several NFL players and elite athletes from other sports, including Tiger Woods, used PRP to more quickly return to their game.

What is PRP?

Your Natural Healing Process

After you are injured, what should happen is:

Inflammation – blood vessels clot, healing fluids flood the injured area bringing white blood cells, growth factors, nutrients, and other tools that remove the damaged cells and even cause you pain and discomfort so you’ll give the area a rest and let it heal.

Proliferation – a phase of rapid growth to “rebuild” the injured area by laying down new collagen andconnective tissue; repair and grow new blood vessels wto support the high levels of oxygen and nutrients needed to make new healthy cells. At this step, the rebuilding has just begun.

Remodeling & Maturation – the longest phases; the body now rebuilds by restructuring the collagen and other fibers to improve their stability and strength. The extra blood vessels recede leaving a more mature, properly rebuilt, tissue.

Why and how we heal is fairly complex and not well understood. And when it comes to joints, especially tendons, many consider surgery a gold standard but often it doesn’t work.

The biological boost of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding.

Whether you’ve just been “tackled” by your children, been in a collision, or dealing with the microtrauma of repetitive use, platelets are one of the first of your cells to arrive on the scene of injury and begin repairing the damage causing your pain.

These tiny cells—actually cell fragments—release a number of growth factors involved in key stages of wound healing and regenerative processes.

Platelet growth factors can stimulate other cells to lay down new connective tissue and also help direct vascularization, or blood vessel growth, in the new tissue.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) concentrates the healing advantage of platelets right where you need it—to speed up healing the injured area.

Basically, a small amount of your own blood is collected and centrifuged to separate it into 3 layers: platelet poor plasma (PPP), PRP, and red cells.

The whole process takes minutes giving us a concentrated source of healing platelets 3–5x that of what is in your blood.

Because we use your own blood, there is no risk of cross reactivity, immune reaction or disease transmission.

PRP improves soft tissue healing, including helping post-surgical rehabilitation, can enhance bone regeneration, and often heals joint injuries that have not been helped by traditional rehabilitative approaches.

A relatively new technique, it is not yet recognized by most insurance companies (read: “pay for it”) and it may require a few repetitive treatments. As your Hands On Health Care team strives to provide affordable and effective care, we’ve priced PRP below most other places in the greater Albuquerque area.

We believe that if you are a candidate for PRP as a component of your healing plan, nothing will help you heal more completely and return to the activities you love faster.

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in both knees and both hips. Dr. Childers recently performed platelet rich plasma therapy on both of my severely arthritic knees. The procedure, performed in his office, was almost painless and required no surgery, no general anesthesia, and no recovery time.

The considerable relief I have experienced after PRP has been truly remarkable. Because of Dr. Childers’ knowledge and expertise in the use of this remarkable therapy procedure, my knees are functioning better than they have in more than ten years. I have better range of motion and a remarkable reduction of pain.

After such great success with my knees, I am looking forward to having Dr. Childers perform the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure on both hips which will give me even greater mobility. I highly recommend this procedure to anyone who is suffering with joint pain. Dr. Childers is highly professional and extremely skilled, and he makes healing his personal mission.

I am so appreciative of the Hands On Health Care caring attitude and willingness to do whatever is necessary to help their patients.

Thank you, Dr. Childers!

—Jere Blocker

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Several years ago, I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in both knees and both hips. Dr. Childers recently performed platelet rich plasma therapy on both of my severely arthritic knees. The procedure, performed in his office, was almost painless and required no surgery, no general anesthesia, and no recovery time.

The considerable relief I have experienced after PRP has been truly remarkable. Because of Dr. Childers’ knowledge and expertise in the use of this remarkable therapy procedure, my knees are functioning better than they have in more than ten years. I have better range of motion and a remarkable reduction of pain.

After such great success with my knees, I am looking forward to having Dr. Childers perform the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure on both hips which will give me even greater mobility. I highly recommend this procedure to anyone who is suffering with joint pain. Dr. Childers is highly professional and extremely skilled, and he makes healing his personal mission.

I am so appreciative of the Hands On Health Care caring attitude and willingness to do whatever is necessary to help their patients.

Thank you, Dr. Childers!

—Jere Blocker