At the New England Stem Cell Institute, Drs. Paul Tortland has extensive experience with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments in Glastonbury, CT. They were among the first doctors in the United States to offer PRP, and they still lead the way in developing proprietary methods of producing PRP that can help heal a variety of injuries and eliminate pain.
Platelets are one of several components found in your blood. When your body is injured, platelets rush to the area and stop the bleeding by making your blood clot. The platelets then do another essential job: they activate healing.
Platelets contain growth factors and healing proteins. When platelets release these substances at the site of damaged or diseased tissues, they accelerate healing by:
PRP contains a higher concentration of platelets than what’s normally found in your blood. When your doctor at New England Stem Cell Institute injects PRP into the site of damaged tissue, the concentrated growth factors go to work, stimulating tissue regeneration and repair.
PRP is made from a sample of your own blood, so it’s completely safe. In most medical offices, your blood is processed in a one-size-fits-all centrifuge that simply separates the platelets from the other blood components. But, New England Stem Cell Institute is not like most medical offices. The PRP we produce meets a higher standard.
Dr. Tortland spent more than a year developing his own unique method for making PRP. Dr. Tortland’s method allows the team at New England Stem Cell Institute to customize your PRP to meet your specific health condition. For example, treating arthritis requires a very high concentration of platelets, while tendons and ligaments respond better to less concentrated PRP.
We also test every dose of PRP so we know the exact number of platelets as well as the number and type of beneficial white blood cells that will be injected.
As soon as your PRP is ready, it’s injected directly into the damaged tissue. To ensure an accurate placement of the injection, your doctor at New England Stem Cell Institute uses ultrasound imaging to identify the targeted area, guide the needle to it, and precisely inject the PRP.
The number of PRP injections you will need depends on your underlying problem. You might need only one treatment for mild tendon or ligament damage, while arthritis or back pain can require three injections given about a month apart.
Many professional and recreational athletes credit PRP with enabling them to get back in the game, and patients suffering from chronic pain find they can fully participate in life again.
A few of the conditions we frequently treat with PRP include:
The team at New England Stem Cell Institute also uses PRP for:
To learn more about PRP and how it can help heal your condition, call New England Stem Cell Institute or book an appointment online today.
Our team is ready to help you experience the benefits of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Before you book an appointment, though, you may want to know more about this treatment and how it can move you toward long-term relief from your aches and pains. To assist you in your quest to gather information, we have put together the following list of FAQs, along with succinct answers. If you do not find the specific information you were hoping for, get in touch with us so we can personally speak with you.
No, the PRP injections do not contain any active stem cells. Rather, PRP works by stimulating your body’s healing processes; it does so through the use of blood platelets, growth factors, and proteins. It thereby promotes the generation of new tissue.
However, PRP may indirectly involve stem cells. It may attract stem cells to the damaged area. Once they arrive, they can support the healing process that was sparked by the PRP injection.
If you are curious about whether PRP is right for your unique circumstances, schedule a consultation with our team. During your appointment, we will ask you about your symptoms and your medical history. Your doctor will also perform a careful exam and strive to learn about your goals for treatment.
PRP is generally classified as a middle-ground treatment, meaning that it is more powerful than things like rest and bracing, but it is not as extreme as options like surgical intervention. Our team will consider your medical condition and your personal preferences before we make any treatment recommendations.
We want to make treatment as comfortable as possible for our patients. That is why we administer a local anesthetic when giving PRP injections; you can expect to feel very little during your appointments. After the numbness wears off, you may experience some soreness and mild bruising.
PRP is considered to be quite safe. Because the injected material is taken from your own blood, there is almost no risk that you will have an adverse reaction to it. Plus, infections are extremely rare with this type of treatment.
Some patients notice a significant decrease in pain during the first few weeks after their initial PRP injections. In fact, a single appointment might be all that is needed to jumpstart your body’s healing processes and help you achieve long-term relief.
Of course, some cases are more complex than others. If you have been suffering from chronic pain, you may have to visit us up to three times within a six-month period. With injections every 4 – 6 weeks, you may be able to enjoy optimum results.