The most well known applications for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments have been in the field of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. This has resulted in significant attention from the media because of its use by the NFL, Major League Baseball, Tiger Woods, and other elite athletes.
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Interest in PRP is growing in part because traditional treatments for joint problems are often only marginally effective. Surgery may often be ineffective and can cause complications and further damage. Cortisone shots temporarily reduce pain, but they don’t address the underlying problem and may lead to joint damage if used repeatedly. Physical therapy is very helpful in some cases but ineffective for many. Sometimes not much more than an icepack and ibuprofen is all that the patient is left with.
More studies are underway to elucidate the benefits and prove the effectiveness of new PRP treatments and to research the best ways to standardize the treatment’s preparation and delivery.
PRP is used for the following conditions:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis/ tears
- Shoulder joint arthritis
- Labral tears and degeneration
- Glenohumeral ligament strains
- Epicondylitis- Tennis Elbow
- Ligament tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle ligament tears
Studies on PRP and Orthopedics
PRP for Heel Pain
I suffered from heel pain for several months. My prior doctor had given me a couple of cortisone injections which did not give me relief . After a PRP treatment my pain started improving in less than 2 weeks. Doctor Sobo gave me a second PRP treatment 4 weeks later and within 2 months from the start my pain was gone. I can now walk as much as I like and I have not had any more problems with my foot.
– Olena, CT
PRP for Elbow Pain
I had pain in my left elbow for over 3 yrs before Dr. Sobo gave me a PRP injection. It relieved the condition entirely. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who has a condition like mine that PRP would help.
– Luis, N.J
Last April I had a skiing accident and after many tests, xrays and an MRI, I was given the dreaded news that I’ve lost 3 out 4 knee ligaments. I am not an athlete and as a dentist, I lead a somewhat sedentary lifestyle. Losing my knee ligaments did not cause me any pain but there was always the buckling of my knee if I ran suddenly or if I walked on an uneven surface.
…I started my research and looked into the many different treatment options given to me by orthopedic surgeons. I was quite reluctant toward surgery …However I was still eager to do something beneficial for my knee. I found Dr Sobo while I was looking into Platelet Rich Plasma therapy also known as PRP.
I’m happy to say that after only one PRP treatment I have not yet had ANY buckling of my knee a whole year later. I run, I walk and I do everything I used to do prior to my accident. It is amazing that I even sometimes forget that I am missing three knee ligaments!
Definitely do your own research on PRP but for me, it did wonders.
Elika Golara, DMD