What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets, which can accelerate healing. The process of using PRP to treat an injury/ condition involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, concentrating their platelets from the rest of the blood sample that is drawn using a specialized centrifuge, then injecting the product precisely in the region of the identified injury under direct visualization (fluoroscopy or ultrasound). PRP accelerates the body's healing process and may lead to a more complete recovery. Platelets contain packets of natural growth hormones and proteins that send signals to your tissues to increase tissue rebuilding and enhance your recovery. The final product may contain concentrated platelets 5 – 6 times over baseline along with growth factors. PRP has proven to be an effective natural alternative to steroid injections.
If you are interested in PRP therapy, contact Southwest Spine & Sports in Scottsdale, AZ, to schedule a consult. Our team is always excited to discuss all the benefits of PRP and how it can help to improve your health.
What are the Benefits of PRP therapy?
There are newly published studies coming out that support the use and demonstrate the benefit of PRP in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, like tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendinitis, and degenerative arthritis affecting joints, like the knee. Some of these various benefits include:
- Reduced swelling and inflammation
- Pain relief
- Minimally invasive treatments
- Lasting relief of symptoms
- Improved joint function
- Repair of damaged cartilage
Who is a candidate for PRP therapy?
Candidates for PRP therapy may be looking to effectively treat an injury or condition without the downtime associated with surgery. These can include sports or repetitive injuries. Growth factors in PRP can also be a more natural alternative to other types of treatment. Results can last for several months, and additional treatments can be provided to help maintain your outcome. During a thorough consultation at Southwest Spine & Sports, our team can evaluate your condition and determine if PRP therapy is ideal for you.
Where does PRP come from and how does it work?
A sample of your blood is taken under sterile conditions. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins the blood twice. Once to eliminate RBC and isolate your plasma, then a second time to concentrate the platelets within your plasma. What is created is known as PRP.
Using ultrasound guidance, the PRP is injected into the injured area with precision. PRP stimulates a healing process. It increases blood flow to the area, repairs damaged tissue, reduces inflammation, and promotes new cell growth, often resulting in faster, fuller healing. PRP is a great solution for sports and repetitive injuries as it can offer a quick recovery and is non-surgical.
What can I expect after a PRP treatment?
After the injection, you may experience some discomfort at the injection site for a few days. You may have to reduce your activity level for up to two weeks post-procedure. We recommend you steadily increase your activity level as the movement becomes more tolerable. The full benefit of a PRP injection is slow and gradual. You may keep experiencing improvements for 3 – 4 months.
Experience Restorative Healing
With PRP therapy, you can experience restorative healing to various areas of the body. Our team at Southwest Spine & Sports is proud to offer this innovative treatment for our Scottsdale, AZ patients. To learn more about this procedure, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
PRP Therapy FAQ
Does PRP therapy hurt?
Most patients don't find PRP therapy to be painful. The blood draw to harvest the PRP feels like any other blood draw, which usually feels like a small pinch. When the PRP is injected into the treatment location, some minor discomfort may be felt, but we can use a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic to make you more comfortable.
How much does PRP therapy cost?
The number of injections necessary to reach your treatment goals will be the largest determining factor of cost. During your consultation, we will review your medical history and current health to create a personalized treatment plan. Once your plan is finalized, we will be able to estimate your costs.
How long do results from PRP therapy last?
Results are unique for each patient, but many patients can expect to see their results last up to 12 months before a maintenance procedure may be recommended.
How quickly will I see results with PRP therapy?
How quickly you will see results depends on a number of factors, including treatment area, type of issue or injury, your body's healing ability, and more. However, within about 4 – 6 weeks, most patients begin to notice improvements and positive results.
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