PRP Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Prolotherapy?
What are the most common uses of PRP Prolotherapy?
Autologous PRP injections are used with high success employing the Hackett-Hemwal approach for the treatment of ligament laxity, the musculo-skeletal system, osteoarthritis, orthopedic conditions and sports’ injuries. PRP injections in combination with other nutraceuticals and vitamins, may increase joint stability, help improve posture, diminish pain and enhance functionality of the spinal column and the joints. PRP Prolotherapy may greatly help improve the patient’s quality of life, diminish the risk of recurrent injury and prevent falls due to weakness and instability.
Other common uses of PRP injections are hair loss management, reduction of accelerated skin aging, skin sagging, loss of volume, burns, acne scarring and wrinkles. Some of the main benefits observed with the application of PRP Prolotherapy are the re-establishment and/or improvement in circulation and vitality in areas where there is thinning, atrophy and weakening of the tissues, including neuro-vascular structures and connective tissues.
Could I go home after the PRP Injections?
Yes, PRP is offered as an Outpatient office procedure.
PRP injections are a more complex Out Patient office procedure than Physical Therapy or Acupuncture.
After the prolotherapy injections, the patients may go home or back to light duty for a day or two. Taking it easy right after the injection procedure will allow the patients to rest their tissues, to cope better with the inflammatory response and its accompanying increased temporary soreness, and to diminish the normal weight bearing or physical load/demand on the treated area.
Depending on the area treated, safety and comfort level, most of the patients are able to resume driving within 20-30 min after finishing the procedure. To increase comfort and safety, a few patients may need a loved one or a close friend to pick them up.
Do I need to eat before I go to the clinic or do I need to be fasting?
In order to avoid a very critical and easily avoidable situation called Hypoglycemia, it is “extremely important” that ‘the patient eats really well before coming to receive his/her regenerative injection treatment”. It is also important to bring a couple of complex carbohydrate foods, healthy snacks and fruits to eat during the time being at the office in between and/or after the procedures. Being well hydrated and having proper electrolytes will also ease the procedure a lot for the patient.
Hypoglycemia is a drastic drop in blood glucose levels that could affect the brain temporarily and cause symptoms like lightheadedness, tremors, fasciculations, coldness, sweating, labored breathing, fainting, and marked fatigue.
The day of the regenerative injection procedure, the patient most probably will be at the office for an average of 90 min for a single procedure or area to be treated or up to 2 1/2 – 3 hrs for multiple areas of regenerative injection procedures.
In order to avoid the risk of Hypoglycemia, if the patient has not been able to eat a nutritious meal with protein and complex carbohydrates, the treatment will most probably be rescheduled.
Could I take my normal medicines before and after the Prolotherapy Injection procedure?
Patients are requested to talk to their primary doctor and/or prescribing physician and explain the nature of the regenerative procedure they are intending to receive.
In order to reduce the risk of prolonged bleeding during or after the Prolotherapy injection procedure, it is important to get consent from your doctor to diminish or stop the amount of blood thinning medications you may be taking, at least the night before the procedure and the day of the procedure.
The body uses inflammatory processes to stimulate healing and regeneration. For that reason, it is very important to avoid taking any Steroidal anti-inflammatory and/or Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory medications at least 5 days ‘before and after’ the procedure.
Please avoid using Advil for at least 4 to 5 days before and after the injection procedure. Taking Advil or any other anti-inflammatory medications, could diminish the repairing/healing inflammatory cascade and attenuate the benefits of the regenerative procedure.
What is the recommended Plan Of Care (POC) if I want to have PRP Regenerative Injections?
Based on medical research, the severity of the patient’s and current clinical literature, a series of 3 to 5 regenerative injection treatments are recommended to help the patient achieve the best improvement in their condition and long term beneficial results (usually 12 to 18 months). PRP Regenerative Injections require a higher financial investment than PT or Acupuncture alone may require.
In our 12+ years of experience utilizing the Hackett – Hemwall approach for regenerative joint injections, about 80% of the patients reported a marked improvement in their condition and symptoms ranging from 60% to up to 85%.
About 5% of the population of patients treated at Health & Hope Institue have reported improvements between 85% to 97% and about 3% of the patients have reported 100% improvement in their condition and symptoms.
Only about 10% of patients reported that their condition improved by about 40% to 60%.
Due to the severity of their symptoms, very complex trauma, structural misalignment and advanced conditions, about 2% of the patients may not experience significant improvement. They may be recommended to have surgery or other more invasive procedures as needed.
How long have Regenerative Injections been offered at Health & Hope Institute?
At Health & Hope Institute, PA, we started offering regenerative injections for Skin and Facial Rejuvenation with Hyaluronic Acid, nutraceuticals and vitamins in January of 2005. After completing additional training in Hackett- Hemwall Regenerative Prolotherapy Injections for 2 years, cocktails of Dextrose solutions with vitamins and nutraceuticals were offered to the patients to improve joint stability starting in 2007.
Similar regenerative procedures and injections with PRP have been offered since 2008. We started utilizing the Selphyl technology and their separation kits, which were highly expensive at that time, as there were only a couple of companies offering specialized Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma separation kits. A few months later the competition arrived and today we count with a diversity of companies offering excellent kits at a moderate price for the separation and concentration of the platelets, the stem cells and the growth factors found in the patient’s own plasma. It has been found that the quality of the purity of PRP separation kits has to do a lot with the long term results, and at Health & Hope Institute, we use some of the best PRP separation technologies available in the USA.
Does PRP help everybody?
For some patients there may be some injuries where the use of PRP could be very useful, and only in a few cases, there may be very strong traumatic and lesional chains, adhesions and structural misalignments, traction injuries and torsions of the musculoskeletal system that may require additional care like Visceral-Vascular-Neural and Spinal Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage, Brain Therapy and CST, or more invasive and advanced interventions like surgery, for a more prolonged relief.
Every case is studied thoroughly and the patients are presented with the most beneficial possibilities. Together the patient and his/her doctor(s) make pertinent care decisions based on exhaustive clinical judgment, practitioner training/experience, and present medical literature.
How much does PRP Treatment cost?
Pricing can vary depending on what PRP treatment you are having done. Please call our office for more details 407-366-0303
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At Health & Hope Institute we provide the highest quality PRP Treatment in Orlando, FL and surrounding areas
Our services include PRP injections for skin rejuvenation, joint regeneration and hair restoration. Prolozone injections for muscle and joint pain and fat burning. We also provide Gentle Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition Detox, Brain Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, Vascular Manipulation, and Craniosacral Therapy. We have been serving the community's rejuvenation and regeneration needs with Hackett - Hemwall Dextrose Prolotherapy since 2007 and PRP Prolotherapy Injections since 2008. We encourage our patients to allow nature and their heart to guide their healing journey.
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