Regenerative Medicine

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy & Prolotherapy


Barrick Family Practice - Family Medicine - Sports Medicine - Dr. Steve Barrick - Osteopathic Medicine - PRO Therapy - Regenerative Medicine - Family Doctor in Colorado Springs, CO

The human body is made of billions of specialized cells that form organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones. Each day these cells go through a degenerative and regenerative process. As older cells die, new cells are born from stem cells with the unique capability of being able to create multiple types of other cells.

At Barrick Family Practice, we offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that stimulates healing. Short for "proliferation therapy," prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy.

Prolotherapy stimulates the body's own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. The treatment originated in the 1930s when Dr. Earl Gedney, an osteopathic surgeon, successfully treated his own severe hand injury. Prolotherapy works by injecting a mild irritant that promotes localized inflammation, in turn signaling the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas. Types of prolotherapy include dextrose prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma prolotherapy.

Platelet-rich plasma is extracted from your body’s own blood and delivers a higher concentration of platelets specifically to the source of pain or injury. Created by bone marrow and are found in the bloodstream, platelets contain natural healing properties. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells. Platelets aid stem cells to promote healing and can be considered a “booster shot.”

PRP injections are done in our office, which will take about 35 minutes. Blood is drawn from the arm and then placed into a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors so they can be concentrated, or enriched. The PRP is then injected directly into the area of pain or injury in your joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon.

You may be a good candidate for PRP therapy if you have been suffering from joint pain and want to improve your quality of life while avoiding invasive surgery. It is important to note that everyone’s body can respond to treatment differently.

If you have any questions about regenerative medicine please call our office at (719) 434-1989 to request an appointment, or use our secure online appointment request form.