At the New England Stem Cell Institute, Drs. Paul Tortland and Jeffrey LaVallee have extensive experience with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. 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.