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In the NewsPlatelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections – Not just for elite athletes anymore
By Buffalo Medical Group | January 4 2023 | BMG News & Updates, In the News
By Andrew O’Hara, DO and Matthew Cavagnaro, MD
Buffalo Medical Group Orthopedics
Over time, doctors have learned that the body has the natural ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness that inherent ability and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
Recently Buffalo Bills quarterback, Josh Allen made news, by receiving PRP injections to help the healing process with his elbow injury. While elite athletes have utilized PRP injections, patients suffering with both chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, over-use injuries and even weekend warriors can benefit from these treatments.
How PRP Works
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes injections of a concentration of a patient’s own blood platelets to help speed the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
PRP injections are prepared by taking your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or damaged tissue. The process releases the body’s natural growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
The PRP injections are a quick and simple outpatient procedure that can help patients-
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Recover mobility
- Build strength
- Speed post-surgical recovery
Conditions Treated by Buffalo Medical Group Orthopedics
PRP can help promote healing in patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Some of the common conditions Buffalo Medical Group Orthopedics treats with PRP injections include-
- Elbow trauma
- Arthritis in the knee, hip, and shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Surgical augmentation
The Benefits of PRP Injection Treatments
- PRP injections can offer consistent pain relief and improved function for one year or longer.
- PRP injections are beneficial for a broad range of people including athletes, postsurgical patients, and those with arthritis or who want to avoid surgery.
- Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is a low chance of having any allergic reaction or abnormal immune response.
- PRP injections have minimal risk of local infection. Serious side effects or complications are extremely rare.
PRP injections are typically not covered by insurance plans therefore insurance companies do not reimburse for this procedure. You can discuss payment upon scheduling a consultation. Buffalo Medical Group patients can generate an estimate for the PRP treatment through their MyBMGChart account.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about PRP injection treatments with BMG Orthopedics contact-
Andrew O’Hara, D.O.
3900 North Buffalo Road
Orchard Park, New York 14127
Matthew Cavagnaro, M.D.
295 Essjay Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
716.630.1114Read More at