PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-surgical therapy that utilizes a patient’s own blood to stimulate a healing reaction within a damaged joint or tissue. Because of the growth factors in platelets, platelet-rich plasma can aid the healing process.
Benefits of PRP
PRP injections support healing in both acute injuries and degenerative diseases. PRP is a safe, conservative non-surgical technique that utilizes the patient’s own blood for healing. Patients who have used PRP report less pain, more mobility, and faster recovery. More research is demonstrating the significant healing potential of PRP for conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis.
How it works
Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood. These platelets have properties that support healing, infection control and release of growth factors.
PRP is plasma with more platelets, nearly 5 to 10 times richer, than what is usually found in blood. Because of the growth factors in platelets, platelet-rich plasma can aid the healing process.
In PRP therapy, blood is drawn from the patient and then spun into a centrifuge (a centrifuge rotates an object rapidly). When the patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge, the platelets are easily separated, without being damaged. Platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased, and then the platelet-rich blood is injected into the damaged joint or tissue.
PRP injections treat chronic pain and/or injuries of the tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, nerves, and more. Conditions such as tennis elbow, Achilles pain, patella tendonitis and generalized arthritis have demonstrated successful reduction in pain with an injection of PRP.
In PRP therapy, blood is drawn from the patient. Platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased, and the platelet-rich blood is then injected into the damaged joint or tissue. PRP injections are administered in our clinic, and the procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
Most patients utilize PRP injections one time. However, depending on the pain, some find multiple injections to be most effective.
Risks and Side Effects
PRP therapy does not work for all patients. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medication or blood thinners, you may be asked to temporarily discontinue use until treatment has taken place. Pain, bruising at the injection site, rash, redness and swelling are potential side effects. In rare instances, infection, tissue damage and nerve injuries are reported problems.
PRP is a safe, clinically accepted procedure. Due to the variation in results, insurance companies do not often cover this service. Call us to make an appointment to see if you may be a candidate for PRP injections.