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Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado

Alternative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Littleton, CO

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains your natural regenerative cells that alleviate your pain the best way possible; by accelerating the healing process. Ron Spallone, DC, at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado, often recommends PRP therapy when you have a slow-healing injury or can’t find relief from the ongoing pain. If you’ve had it with treatments that don’t help, call the office in Littleton, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online today.


What is PRP?

PRP consists of a large number of platelets mixed with some plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood, while platelets are cells that live in your bloodstream.

Your provider at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado makes PRP from your own blood. They take a blood sample and process it in a centrifuge that separates the plasma and platelets from the other blood components.

How does PRP heal injuries?

Throughout your lifetime, platelets naturally travel through your blood to the site of injured and diseased tissues. When the platelets reach the damaged tissues, they immediately release proteins called growth factors.

Growth factors begin the healing response by triggering activities in the surrounding cells. As a result, they:

  • Accelerate healing
  • Regulate inflammation
  • Recruit stem cells to regenerate tissues
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Builds a matrix to support new tissue growth

When you get a PRP injection, the concentrated platelets do the same thing, sending out growth factors that heal your injury and relieve your pain. 

Your provider at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado may inject PRP alone or together with other regenerative treatments, such as ozone therapy.

What conditions are treated with a PRP injection?

The team at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado may recommend PRP to treat sports injuries and all types of musculoskeletal conditions, whether caused by an injury or an underlying disease.

Some of the problems frequently treated with PRP include:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Muscle and tendon tears

PRP makes a big difference in healing if you have a severe injury, a slow-healing wound, or your injury occurred in tissues that have an insufficient blood supply.

What should I expect during a PRP injection?

Your provider at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado numbs the injection site, draws your PRP into a syringe, and injects the targeted tissues. Many people have minor discomfort at the injection site for several days. Your provider may also recommend avoiding strenuous activities for a time.

A typical PRP treatment includes several injections, but it depends on the severity of your injury. Your provider talks with you about your treatment plan and answers your questions before giving you a PRP injection.

If you need help with a painful or slow-healing injury, call Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado or book an appointment online today.