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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy PRP

National Spine Care | Downtown Calgary PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy PRP – also referred to as PRP injection – is an exciting branch of sports medicine that allows athletes to heal and recover from chronic pain and/or injuries of the tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, nerves, and more. The treatment is safe, non-surgical, and doesn’t even use drugs. With PRP injections, the patient’s own blood platelets are the healing agent.

At National Spine Care, our sports medicine physicians can help you get back in the game with fast-acting, highly effective platelet-rich plasma therapy. PRP can be an effective alternative to steroid injections and surgery.

National Spine Care | Downtown Calgary PRP Platelet Rich Plasma TherapyWhat is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?

Platelet Rich Plasma is a by-product of your own blood that is rich in platelets. Everyone knows that blood platelets help stop a cut. But researchers now know that these platelets do more than coagulate and stop blood flow; they also release growth factors, which draw special regenerative cells (“progenitor cells”) to the site of the injury. Blood Platelets perform several functions including blood clot formation and the release of growth factors to help stimulate your body to heal itself.

What kind of injuries can PRP injections treat?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be used to treat:

  • Ligament Injuries, including sprains, strains, and injuries to the MCL and LCL in the knee.
  • Tendon Injuries, including rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, and patellar and quadriceps tendons.
  • Muscle injuries, including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, biceps, and triceps.
  • Cartilage injuries, including osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, labral tears in the shoulder and hip, and more.
  • Stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, turf toe, shin splints, and general patellofemoral (knee) pain may be treated as well.

How do you collect the PRP?

It is a simple process that is done in our office the same day as your treatment. A small amount of blood is collected from the patient’s own body and then placed in a centrifugal machine. The blood then separates into the plasma from the red blood cells.

How long to the injections take to work?

Since PRP injections try to make your body heal itself, the healing process is gradual. So it can take a few weeks before you notice any pain relief.

How long do the injections last?

There is not a set amount of time that PRP injections last for. The goal of PRP is to get the body to heal itself reversing your injuries permanently. For those patients experiencing cartilage damage or age-related arthritis issues, the peak pain relief and improved function can last between 12 to 24 months.

All medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services that may be provided by
Dr. Frank Johnson are paid for by the government under your provincial health insurance plan.


Call us at (403) 270-7252 to
book your Calgary PRP Platelet Rich Plasma consultation appointment today!

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