Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also know as Regenerative Medicine injections, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue.  It is based on the fact that when ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful.  Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and promote new collagen tissue, resulting in stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. Traditional approaches with surgery have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily.

Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair tissue in the weakened area. This is done by a very directed injection to the tissues in an injury site, “tricking” the body to repair the area.  The mild inflammatory response which is created by the injection encourages the body’s growth factors and repair mechanisms to regenerate normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure.  Typically, multiple treatment sessions are needed to repeat this process, allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength and functioning to the area.

Prolotherapy with PRP

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used in the injections to help augment the healing process.  PRP contains high concentrations of growth factors that, when injected during prolotherapy, help to speed up the healing process.  Adding PRP to your treatment can often times reduce the overall healing time to half or less.  

Not all Platelet Rich Plasma is the same!
EmCyte® PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Whether you’re seeing Dr. Hampton for prolotherapy injections or Dr. Yavari for aesthetics, you have the confidence of knowing that Arktos uses a PRP processing system that is above and beyond.

PRP extraction systems concentrate the elements of your blood that trigger regeneration and repair. It involves extracting your own blood, spinning it down to get rid of the red blood cells and concentrating the remaining plasma, platelets, and other growth factors to create that “liquid gold” to be used. It is important to note that to deliver effective treatment results, the concentration of platelets must reach around five to seven times the patient’s normal baseline levels.

We exclusively use PurePRP® technology by utilizing the Emcyte® system, which delivers 7x the platelet concentrations while removing 99% of red blood cells and 98% of inflammatory neutrophils. This is what makes our treatments so effective.

What should I do before my PRP procedure?
We ask that you drink lots of fluids before the procedure to stay hydrated, it makes it easier for the doctor to draw your blood. Other than that, there are no other preparations needed. You can eat and drink normally. If you are having a prolotherapy with PRP procedure with Dr. Hampton, please discontinue using any NSAIDs like naproxen (Aleve) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) for 2 weeks before your PRP procedure.

 

Arktos Direct Care

Kyle Hampton, DO

Dr. Hampton has undergone training from the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine. 

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