Platelet rich plasma ( PRP)
What is PRP?
• Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain bioactive proteins including growth factors to help initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
• PRP injections have been used to treat may different orthopedic issues
How does PRP therapy work
• To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient.
• The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the blood is spun down and the platelets are separated from the red blood cells and are concentrated
• The platelet concentration is then used for the injection
• This is all done in the office, typically taking 30 minutes
What is the recovery from PRP like?
• There are no restrictions after the injection
• Most people experience soreness after the procedure, some patients will describe it as pain, which can last up to 2-3 days.
How quickly does PRP work
• Pain relief typically starts to occur within 3-4 weeks after the injection
• Symptoms continue to improve 3-6 months following the injection
• Typically 1-3 treatments may be necessary
• If successful, PRP generally results in long-lasting relief because the degenerative tissue has started to regenerate or regrow itself
Who is a good candidate for PRP
• PRP therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
• Arthritic joints
• Rotator cuff injuries
• Chronic plantar fasciitis
• Tennis and golfer’s elbow
• Knee ligament and meniscal injuries
• Ankle sprains/tendonitis
What are the side effects of PRP?
• Anytime a needle is placed anywhere in the body, there is a risk of infection, bleeding or nerve damage. However these risks are very rare.