The Mobility Shot – PRF for Joints & Tendons

Don’t let aching joints and arthritis slow you down.

“PRF and PRP alleviate pain from arthritis or tendonitis like a steroid injection, but without the side effects, and PRF results last much longer — a year or more of pain-free living.”

– Dr. Gustav Lo, MD

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Enjoy the same results of a cortisone shot, but for longer.

Enjoy the same results of a cortisone shot, but for longer.

Whether it hurts to stand up or you dread the pain of a handshake, practically any arthritic joint, inflamed tendon, or other connective tissue can respond to platelet-rich fibrin therapy (PRF) or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The Mobility Shot uses all-natural PRF (the second generation PRP) from your own blood cells to to relieve arthritic pain in the wrist, hands, knees, hips and shoulder or heal chronic tendonitis, bursitis or other soft tissue inflammation.

At RegenCen in Traverse City and Petoskey, our regenerative injections reduce arthritic and joint pain and return your range of motion so you can enjoy daily living, walk up stairs, golf, and get dressed more easily. Yes – PRF and PRP relieve joint pain without medications.

PRF and PRP aren’t just for joints: orthopedists have injected it successfully in many types of soft tissue injuries, from tennis elbow to plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff strain – there really isn’t a joint, tendon, or ligament where PRF (or its earlier, less effective cousin, PRP) hasn’t been studied and shown to relieve arthritic pain (we’ve even seen results when it’s bone on bone and surgery isn’t an option). Dr. Gustav Lo has been offering platelet therapy for many years and has treated thousands of arthritic joints and chronic tendonitis.

We can discuss your specific areas at your complimentary consultation.

Aging or injury – we can help!

Joints or tendons
nearly anywhere on the body

Natural treatment for osteoarthritis

Longer-lasting than steroid shots
with no side effects

The PRF Mobility Shot

You don’t have to live
with pain.

At RegenCen, we’re committed to helping you live better and enjoy your hobbies without pain. Whether you struggle to stand without stiffness, or wince in pain whenever you squeeze a doorknob or swing a golf club, practically any arthritic joint (wrist, hand, knee, shoulder, hip, and foot), inflamed tendon, or other connective tissue can respond to platelet-rich fibrin therapy (PRF). The Mobility Shot uses all-natural PRF from your own blood cells to restore joint and tendon function, heal damaged tissue and reduce pain. And this effective treatment is available in Petoskey and Traverse City by Dr. Gustav Lo and our Physician Associates.

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What is PRF and where can it be injected for increased mobility?

PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) is a product of your own blood – we simply draw your blood and separate the platelets and fibrin in a centrifuge. The platelets are full of growth factors and other cell-stimulating proteins; the fibrin holds the platelets in the area injected while they slowly release those growth factors.

The growth factors released by PRF attract stem cells (which grow into brand new cartilage and connective tissue) and fibroblasts (which produce more collagen for cushioning and elastin for flexibility). There is also an anti-inflammatory effect that works quickly, and a slower increase in blood supply to the area.

 

The most common joints injected with PRF are knees and hips, and there’s been an uptick in visits for hand pain – using a smartphone or tablet requires repetitive motions that put stress on the joints and tendons in our fingers and wrists – especially the “texting thumb.”
PRF can be a tremendous relief to this frustrating daily pain.

Recent research shows PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) injections alleviate arthritis pain as well as steroid injections, but in a much different way that actually rejuvenates the cartilage and other joint tissues, rather than causing further breakdown. And the results last a lot longer, often a full year or more.

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At RegenCen, we’re committed to
getting you pain free.

Practically anyone over 40 may find their joints (especially in the knees, hips, hands, and feet) become increasingly stiff and painful with activity, or for no reason at all! Tissue inflammation, joint pain, and general age-related wear and tear are common issues in adults of all ages.

The Mobility Shot treats:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis in the thumbs and hands
  • RSI (repeat stress injuries) in the hands
  • Plantar fasciitis (“heels spurs” in the feet)
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis) of all limb joints

PRF and PRP for Joints and Mobility Issues
The Step-by-Step Process

BEFORE TREATMENT

Unlike stem cell therapy, there is very little preparation needed for a PRF or PRP Mobility Shot. You will have a consultation with Dr. Lo or one of our Physician Associates in our RegenCen clinic in Petoskey or Traverse City to make sure regenerative platelet therapy is appropriate for your condition(s). PRF and PRP injections are not advised in joints that have been replaced but we have successfully treated joints that are “bone on bone” – a term often used by orthopedists to describe joints that don’t respond to surgical treatment for arthritis. Your health history will be reviewed, so bring a list of your current medical conditions and medications. And we encourage you to bring reports of any previous X-rays or MRIs to your appointment.

DAY OF TREATMENT

We can often treat your joint at your consultation. Unlike stem cell treatments, there is no sedation or harvesting and there is very little pain. In fact, PRP/PRF injections are very similar to a cortisone injection but we’re injecting your own naturally healing PRF.

Come to the office well-hydrated – it makes the blood draw easier. We’ll draw your blood to prepare the platelet-rich fibrin or platelet-rich plasma in a special centrifuge that separates platelets and plasma from blood. Then we directly inject into your injured tissue or joint with or without ultrasound guidance-just like when you get a cortisone shot. We use almost 100% platelet-rich fibrin instead of platelet-rich plasma because the fibrin structure keeps the platelets right where they are injected; the platelets then slowly release their growth factors. Our patients report longer-lasting pain relief and medical studies show PRF is superior to PRP.

We inject PRF using ultrasound guidance, which ensures precise placement of the PRF concentrate directly to the tissues that need repair.

The process takes about 30-60 minutes. When your injections are finished, you can leave the office immediately and just like when you get a cortisone shot, you should try to take it easy for a few days. Smaller joints tend to ache for a few days. PRF treatments are a fraction the cost of stem cell therapy treatments.

AFTER TREATMENT

We will discuss your aftercare and additional activity modifications if necessary. PRF and PRP are noninvasive, so virtually all normal daily activities can resume. We continue to be impressed with the amazing results of PRF – patients almost always come back within a few weeks with much less pain and much more range of motion. Although there is pain relief within a few weeks for most patients, the results are longer-lasting with a series of 3 injections. On average, our patients see pain relief for a year or more and medical research backs that up.

PRF FOR JOINTS & TENDONS FAQ

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