What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma 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 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 five to six times over baseline along with growth factors. PRP has proven to be an effective natural alternative to steroid injections.
Did you know?
PRP (and stem cells) have natural properties to reduce the likelihood of infection.
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.
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 than 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 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 movement becomes more tolerable.
- The full benefit of a PRP injection is slow and gradual. You may keep experiencing improvements for three to four months.