PRP - Regenerative Medicine

At Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, the doctors and surgeons are studying regenerative medicine in order to bring the best treatments to patients in a manner that is safe, effective and ethically responsible. Orthopaedic Specialists Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute believe that implementing PRP therapy as a viable procedure may: decrease the progression of more serious injuries, decrease the overall time for healing, and ultimately decrease the overall need for surgical intervention.

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as PRP, and stem cell therapy are often grouped together because they are two forms of regenerative medicine that offer tremendous benefit in terms of sports medicine and joint chronic pain treatment. Since they are often mentioned together, there is a common misconception that PRP is the same as stem cell therapy.

Regenerative Medicine, especially PRP, has recently gained widespread recognition in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII. Other high profile athletes include Tiger Woods who received four treatments following knee surgery and pitchers Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon -- both recent examples of PRP success in Major League Baseball. Kobe Bryant has used it in the past also to rebound from sports injuries.

Unfortunately, there is no randomized, prospective, double-blind clinical trial that documents the efficacy of regenerative medicine yet. For this reason, most insurance companies will not support either treatment. Case reports abound of successful PRP treatment of almost any malady.

What Is PRP?

When you injure a muscle or ligament, your platelets seep into the wound during the bleeding that normally occurs. Then, they create a blood clot to stop the bleeding and release growth factors to the area so your body will begin to heal. The growth factors bring in cells and new blood vessels to ensure the body can get more blood to the area.

During PRP therapy, our doctors take advantage of the body's natural healing process and use the patient's own blood to heal them more effectively. First, the doctors separate the platelets from the blood in a centrifuge, which concentrates the platelets to three to five times their normal concentration. Once separated, the platelets are re-injected into the injured area of the patient's body. This releases higher concentrations of growth factors to promote natural tissue healing.

Is PRP Right For Me?

PRP has produced remarkable results for many common injuries and conditions including:

  • ACL sprains and tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Arthritis
  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Labral tears
  • Partial rotator cuff tears
  • Pinched nerves
  • Trigger fingers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Impingement
  • Brusitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Ankles
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • iliotibial band tendinitis (ITB Syndrome)
  • ilio-psoas tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • greater trochanteric bursitis
  • sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • patellar tendinitis
  • partially torn or strained major knee ligaments (LCL/MCL)
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • peroneal tendinitis
  • recurrent ankle sprains

to name a few....

To learn more about PRP and to determine if you are a candidate for either treatment, contact us today. Chronic pain doesn't have to rule your life anymore.

Our cash price for one round of PRP is $750 per injection. If interested please contact us at (352) 404-8956 or email us at and we will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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