PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma is an injection of your own blood into an area of chronic inflammation, to stimulate healing. These platelets release substances known as “growth factors” that promote tissue healing.
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma treatment should be considered if a patient has a chronic tendon injury in which conservative treatment such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and bracing have not provided relief.
An initial evaluation with the physician will determine if Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a viable treatment option for you.
How the PRP process works:
- Outpatient procedure, which is done in our office, and will take approximately 1 hour.
- Do not take Anti-Inflammatory medication (1 week prior to PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma injection).
- Blood is drawn from the patient, then it is spun in a centrifuge. The blood samples are now several layers. The platelet rich plasma layer contains the healing factors, which is removed.
- The PRP is now injected into your area of injury or inflammation.
- The procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort.
- Ice may be applied for pain and inflammation initially following injection.
- Elevate injury site as needed.
How is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Paid:
Contact the office to discuss cost/payment. Pre-screening of Insurance will be required prior to PRP therapy.
Returning to Regular Physical Activity:
PRP treatment is designed to promote long term healing of the injury and is not a “quick fix”. PRP requires time and rehabilitation time following the injection for the injury to heal. You will schedule follow up visits with your physician following the PRP injection to determine when you are able to begin physical therapy and progress to regular physical activity.
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Possible Side Effects:
Although uncommon, risks can include those signs/symptoms associated with an injection including: pain, infection, no improvement or worsening of symptoms, blood clot, nerve injury, skin discoloration, calcification, scarring, loss of fat to the affected area, and allergic reaction.
Stem Cell Therapy
For more information on Stem Cell Therapy, visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeries website.