What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

The short answer: 

Platelet Rich Plasma (also known as PRP) is a Regenerative Medicine treatment at Apex Orthopedics.


The better answer:

Platelet Rich Plasma is a low-risk, injectable treatment for many musculoskeletal problems. Specialists use PRP to treat painful tendon or ligament tears, osteoarthritis, and joint pain. For patients looking for an alternative to surgery for their pain, PRP can serve as a promising, healthy and minimally invasive option. At Apex Orthopedics in Kansas City, we are excited to take part in this holistic orthopedic treatment plan.


How does prp work?

A patient must first have a consultation where they will be evaluated to see if Platelet Rich Plasma is right for their injury. We will then schedule an injection appointment for the patient. At an injection appointment, the specialist draws the patient’s own blood and then processes it with a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. Then we inject the concentrate at the site of pain.  Ultrasound guidance ensures accuracy. Platelets are rich in growth factors and healing factors. The concentrated platelets and growth factors restore the normal architecture and strength of damaged tissue.

It has been proven that PRP is safe and effective. Other injectables, such as cortisone, are associated with many more side effects such as elevated blood pressure and elevated blood sugar. With so few side effects connected to it, PRP presents a healthier alternative. The most common negative side effects following this treatment are pain and stiffness at the injection site. The pain and stiffness typically subside 4-8 weeks after treatment.

We do it best.

At Apex, we offer injections with customized concentrations of red blood cells and white blood cells tailored to each patient and their injury. We also offer higher PRP concentrations by use of the newest technology.


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