Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Healing

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an exciting therapy that utilizes a patient`s own blood to stimulate a healing response within a damaged tissue or joint.  This form of therapy takes cutting edge technology and combines it with the body's natural ability to heal itself.

At Hyde Park Adult, Dr. Kevin Elder performs this technique by taking a small sample of a patient's own blood and spinning the sample in a centrifuge for fifteen minutes.  This process concentrates platelets and white blood cells in what is called a "buffy coat" that is extracted and delivered to the injured area. Growth factors in the platelets recruit and produce cells necessary for healing.

Common conditions which are treated in this way include partial muscle tears (such as calf or hamstring), tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff/shoulder partial tear/bursitis and other injuries.  In addition, recent sports medicine literature has pointed towards PRP injections as providing excellent relief and functional improvement for arthritis, even better than hyaluronic acid injections when compared head to head.

If you would like to learn more about what PRP can do for you, please contact our South Tampa office for a personal consultation.

Dr. Kevin Elder practices both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.  He has performed this treatment in both athletes and non athletes with good success.  To schedule an appointment please call (813) 254-8055.