WHAT IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally. The PRP procedure uses a patient’s own blood components and growth factors to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. The body’s natural reaction to an injury is to send platelets and white blood cells from the blood to the damaged tissues to initiate healing. Your body’s platelets store numerous growth factors which are released through signals from the injured tissue.
New advancements in medicine now allow us to concentrate platelets and white blood cells from your blood, and encourage this growth factor release as we inject the solution directly into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a much more potent form. By enhancing the body’s natural healing capacity, this treatment has been shown to lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.
ARE PRP INJECTIONS SAFE?
There are currently no known side effects of PRP therapy. Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission.
Treatment begins with a full medical examination and diagnostic workup. If you are a candidate for PRP therapy your physician will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Next, a full explanation of the procedure including associated risks and benefits will be reviewed and discussed.
The procedure will begin by drawing blood from your arm to be placed in a specialized centrifuge system which separates platelets, white blood cells, and serum from red blood cells. The platelets and growth factors are then concentrated into plasma and collected into a sterile syringe. The skin and soft tissue are anesthetized with local anesthetic, followed by injection of the PRP directly into the tissue targeted for treatment.
Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, one to three PRP injections is suggested. Following the initial treatment with PRP, a follow-up visit occurs 2-3 weeks later. At this visit, an evaluation of your response to the initial therapy is performed and a decision is made regarding the need for additional PRP treatments.
Some chronic injuries require more than one injection. Your treatment plan may include an exercise or physical therapy program to enhance the success of the PRP treatment.
What to expect after your treatment:
After the initial injection, soreness will be felt at the site of injury. This is a positive sign that the healing response has been set in motion. This effect can last for several days and will gradually decrease as healing and tissue repair takes place. It is important that anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen®, Celebrex®, and Aspirin be avoided following PRP treatments. These types of medications may diminish the effects of your body’s healing response. It is acceptable to use over the counter pain medication, such as Tylenol® and in some cases a prescribed analgesic, which does not have anti-inflammatory properties, to control discomfort as needed. Medication options will be discussed with you by the physician managing your treatment plan. You will be permitted to resume normal day to day activities and light exercise following injection.
We suggest that you avoid strenuous activity or high-level exercise for at least several days after injection.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH PRP ?
- Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
- Quadriceps muscle injuries
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Hip muscle pain or injury
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hamstring tendonitis or tears
Shoulder and Arm Pain
- Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy and partial tears
- A-C joint pain and arthritis
- Biceps tendonitis
- Medial and Lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
Lower Leg and Foot Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis and partial tears
IS PRP RIGHT FOR ME?
Schedule a consultation via telephone
(ask for our PRP Treatment Coordinator)
Our Treatment Coordinator will review a brief history to determine if a formal evaluation is warranted.
If you are a candidate we will schedule a consultation with one of specialists.