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The Game Changer: Platelet Rich Plasma

The Game Changer

What if I told you professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Hines Ward all utilized the kind of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment Dr. Nall offers at Village Osteopath. Should you do the same?

Celebrity endorsements are everywhere. Companies are hoping that we look at the ad and think, “If so-and-so is doing something, I should too!” Is eating at a particular fast food restaurant or wearing a certain brand of apparel really proving that the celebs back their deals? Maybe. But, there is a stark difference in the commitment and endorsement between submitting your body (which for pro-athletes, is their livelihood) to a cutting edge medical procedure… and appearing in a Papa John’s® commercial. Maybe these athletes know something we don’t. 

But, DID YOU KNOW: Dr. Nall has been preforming PRP procedures since the opening of Village Osteopath. Beginning in April, he is offering the procedure for less than half of the original cost! I’m here to tell you more about it. PRP has been used by both all-stars and the average Joe for various conditions and injuries traditionally requiring medication, a series of injections, physical therapy, or even surgical intervention. Nixing ‘traditional medicine’, a cutting edge procedure like PRP is much less invasive than surgery, requires no sedation, and has a shorter recovery period. This means you get back in the game stronger, sooner. A rising celeb itself, PRP comes with its share of curious questions:

What is PRP?

Before we go any further, note that PRP is not blood doping. One form of blood doping infuses red cells back into the patient’s blood stream to boost their oxygen carrying capacity to the muscle tissue. Another difference between PRP and blood doping? Blood doping is illegal.

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Normal platelet count is around 200,000 per microliter, which can be tested whenever a Complete Blood Count (CBC) is done, typically with a yearly physical. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is plasma with very high concentrations of platelets taken autologously (from one’s own body, so there is no chance of rejection). Platelets, red cells, and white cells comprise the solid component of the blood. Platelets are best known for being the clotters – they’re the ones that prevent your body from continuous bleeding after a wound or injury. However, platelets also have TONS of growth factors that affect ligament, tendon, and cartilage repair, inflammation, and bone and wound healing. With platelet RICH plasma, platelet concentration is increased to 2 MILLION platelets per microliter of blood.

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How it Works

A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient:

Amount of blood required for:

Blood Bank Donation: 500 cc

Routine Adult Physical: 10 cc

Platelet Rich Plasma: 20-60 cc

The blood is centrifuged in a nifty little container, and the components are separated. PRP is injected to the area of injury, and BOOM, the healing magic begins. PRP is most commonly injected to areas with low blood flow, such as the tendons and ligaments around joints, or cartilaginous tissue, to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response. Together after the injection, the PRP and your body take things into their own hands to generate a natural healing cascade. The entire process of collection, preparation, and injection is done in about an hour.

Who Can Benefit?

Generally speaking, PRP can help relieve the pain associated with many orthopaedic issues and osteoarthritis, including:

• Knee sprains

• Chronic tendonitis

• Tennis/Golfer’s elbow

• Rotator Cuff injuries

• Patellar tendonitis

• Plantar fasciitis

• Achilles tendonitis

• Joint arthritis

PRP is a cutting-edge procedure and a science. There are optimal concentrations of PRP that can stimulate healing: too low of a concentration you’re no better off than if you injected platelet poor plasma into the site of injury, too much and you could be drawing out more blood than needed, and paying more for it. Dr. Nall uses the SmartPReP harvest system to prepare the PRP, and ultrasonic guidance to make sure the PRP is being injected to the areas that will maximize healing.

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

  • Dr. Nall is one of the few highly trained and experienced experts on PRP in Indiana. [good]
  • The procedure is not covered by any insurance plan and can start at $1,000 and climb upwards from there. [bad]
Starting in April, Village Osteopath will be running a special on all PRP procedures. Normally a $1,000 per pop procedure, we will be offering PRP at flat rate of $400 per treatment.

Now that is beautiful.

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