PRP

New England Stem Cell Institute

Stem Cell Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Glastonbury, CT

At The New England Stem Cell Institute, Drs. Paul Tortland, DO, and Jeffrey LaVallee, MD, have extensive experience with PRP treatments. They were among the first doctors in the United States to offer PRP and they still lead the way, developing proprietary methods of producing PRP that significantly improve your results. To learn if you’re a good candidate for PRP, call the office in Glastonbury, Connecticut, or schedule an appointment online today.

PRP Q & A

 

 

What is PRP and how does it heal my body?

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:

  • Triggering the growth of new tissues
  • Preventing the degeneration of healthy tissues
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Attracting mesenchymal stem cells to regenerate new tissue

PRP contains a higher concentration of platelets than 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.

How is my PRP produced?

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 they produce meets a higher standard.

Dr. Tortland spent more than a year developing his own unique method for making PRP. A standard centrifuge can’t control the concentration of platelets. 

By comparison, 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. 

In addition to producing PRP with the best concentration of platelets for your condition, they test every dose of PRP so they know the exact number of platelets and the number and type of beneficial white blood cells that will be injected.

What should I expect during PRP treatment?

As soon as your PRP is ready, it’s injected directly into the damaged tissue. To ensure 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 the damaged area, and precisely inject the PRP.

The number of PRP injections you 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.

What conditions are treated with PRP?

PRP is widely used to treat sports injuries, painful musculoskeletal conditions, and for aesthetic treatments like skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. 

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 frequently treated with PRP include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff damage
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Joint pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sprains and strains

The team at New England Stem Cell Institute also offers PRP for:

  • Skin rejuvenation (the Vampire Facial®)
  • Hair restoration (Vampire Hair Restoration®)
  • Erectile dysfunction (the P-Shot®)
  • Female urinary incontinence and decreased orgasmic response (the O-Shot®)

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.