Training with Division I athletes during his sports medicine fellowship gave Dr. Hoffman invaluable experience with a myriad of treatments for musculoskeletal ailments. He has a true passion for regenerative medicine including prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments for injuries because he saw how effective these are while working with high-level athletes. Just as they work on competitive athletes, they also work for weekend warriors and the aging athlete.
amniotic membrane injections
Amniotic membrane is full of growth factors, similar to PRP, and can be used to treat similar problems.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP essentially works by creating a controlled inflammatory state within a damaged tissue that we want to heal. Utilizing the body’s own blood and cells and injecting them with ultrasound guidance into the damaged tissue, Dr. Hoffman can help your body heal itself. PRP is beneficial because it is high in your body’s own healing cells, in particular: epidermal growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor-β, fibroblast growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor.
What does Dr. Hoffman treat with PRP? It’s great for treating chronic tendon injuries such as tennis or golfer’s elbow, Achille’s tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis. It also works well to heal acutely damaged tendons, such as partial tears to rotator cuff muscles, patella tendon strains, Achille’s tendon strains and hamstring tears.
Beyond muscular/tendinous injuries, PRP is proven more effective than hyaluronic acid injections and corticosteroid injections for knee osteoarthritis. Studies on this show it to be more effective 12-months post-treatment in both a patient’s pain relief and functional status.
Prolotherapy is a cost-effective treatment option for people suffering from a host of issues from shin-splints and SI (sacro-iliac) joint pain, to helping ligaments strengthen after acute ankle sprains.