The Discovery Channel recently featured the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy as a safe alternative to surgery. The story showcases doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Rehab Institute and offers insights to the substantial cost-savings and shorter recovery time that has led many patients to seek this treatment prior to undergoing surgery for joint, tendon, and ligament injuries such as rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, and arthritis.
Contrary to the use of cortisone which acts as an anti-inflammatory for temporary relief of pain, PRP actually induces a mild inflammatory reaction to promote healing and tissue regeneration using the patient’s own growth factors found on the platelets.
The doctors of the Orthohealing Center were among the first in the world to utilize this cutting-edge treatment and continue to perform research that is influencing the standard of care worldwide.
Click here to watch the video on the Discovery Channel.