Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) -- the latest treatment for tendon injuries -- heals tennis elbow better than corticosteroid shots, a new study suggests!

Because these isolated areas of our bodies get very little blood flow, injured tendons, knees, elbows and shoulders heal notoriously slow. Think about it!

Platelet-rich Plasma from PrP therapy attracts healing growth factors, so the idea of PrP is to inject a patient's own Platelet-rich Plasma at the site of the injury, hence, attracting healing Growth Factors to the specific area.

To date, studies suggest that PRP works for tennis elbow, knee injuries and shoulder pain.

At the same time, corticosteroid shots have been losing favor among many doctors with access and knowledge of PrP. Nevertheless, this treatment is so new few doctors have access to it. At the Anti Aging and Wellness Clinic in Escazu, we are one of only a few clinics offering this treatment in the entire region.

Whether you are a soccer player or a CEO, your wellness is not out of reach at our clinic in Escazu (San Jose), Costa Rica.

Some famous athletes that use PrP treatment include: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety - Troy Polamalu (knee injury), Golfer - Tiger Woods (knee injury), Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher - Takashi Saito (UCL). Combined with HGH, PrP and Tommy John (UCL) surgery in the elbow could be a savior for many athletes, provided that Mark Cuban's recent call for more testing ans studies be done to review HGH as an injury recovery tool for professional athletes.

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ImagePlatelet-rich Plasma Therapy is now being used to treat tendon injuries in the arms, shoulders and knees.

Since tendons receive little blood, they heal slower (generally) than other parts of the body. In fact, in many cases, healing may not occur at all unless an invasive surgery is performed to repair the damaged tissue. Platelet-rich Plasma treatment shows great promise in these areas of the body. It works by using the patient's own blood, which is transformed into Platelet-rich Plasma using a Harvest Smartprep 2 machine, and then injecting the PrP into the damaged area. The procedure is commonly referred to as PrP therapy or Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy. PrP contains certain growth factors that work to heal as well as attract other healing growth factors to the area treated. Results are seen within weeks following treatment.

By taking approximately 60cc of the patient’s blood, a Harvest SmartPrep machine can extract the Platelet-rich Plasma. The PrP is removed from the Harvest Machine, placed into a syringe and injected into the area of concern, usually the patient’s elbow, shoulder or knee – although more and more procedures are also being used for back injuries.

One famous publicized study by researches at St. Elisabeth Hospital in the Netherlands found that over the long run PRP treatment outperformed the commonly known corticosteroid injection.

The statistics:

  • 64% of patients receiving new PrP Therapy reported improvement in pain, while only 24% reported improvement with the traditional corticosteroid injection.
  • 84% of patients receiving new PrP Therapy reported improvement in disability, while only 17% with the traditional corticosteroid injection.

Dr. Gosens was the leader of the study. He and his colleagues submit that their study shows a significant improvement in 26 weeks. Other doctors are reporting even better results.

As more time passes, more and more physicians will likely migrate to this technology, as it uses an individuals own growth factors to stimulate the healing process.

Platelet-rich Plasma therapy is very new and is on the cutting edge of technology for helping the body to heal itself faster, particularly in tendons, but also for facial rejuvenation.  The treatment is available at the Anti Aging and Wellness Clinic in Costa Rica. Dr. Mesen has performed the treatment with good success and the clinic is one of only a few in the region with this cutting-edge technology.


Dr. Mesen extracting Platelet-rich Plasma from the Harvest SmartPrep 2 machine in his new Anti Aging and Wellness Clinic during a patient precedure.

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Video Slide Presentation on PrP (Spanish Version)