PRP Therapy – or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy entails the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), a portion of the patient’s own blood having a platelet concentration, to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. It is applied to multiple musculoskeletal problems.
Sports Medicine is an excellent field to use this kind of Therapy to heal and get you back on the field, on the court in the gym. Click here to see our “Argument for PRP.” Dr. Feder is not just an expert in sports medicine, he firmly believes in the positive affects PRP Therapy can have.
During PRP Therapy, the patient’s own blood is taken with a simple blood draw. Using a special centrifuge machine this blood is spun down to separate out and concentrate the platelets and growth factors that are essential for tissue healing.
Dr. Feder’s advice on how to prepare for a PRP treatment:
- Do not take Anti-Inflammatory medication (Advil, Aleve, ASA, etc.) one week prior to injection.
- Do not take Flaxseed, Chia seeds, Vitamin E or Fish Oil one week prior to injection.
- Make sure you drink fluids/hydrate prior to your PRP appointment.
- Drink water: recommended two liters before procedure.
- Please eat prior to your PRP Therapy appointment.
Dr. Feder’s advice on what to do after the PRP Therapy:
- As this is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home after two hours.
- You will be given a pain medicine prescription to help with any pain following PRP (to be used only if needed).
- You make take Tylenol afterwards if needed.
- Do not take any Anti-Inflammatory medication six weeks post injection.
- Do not take Flaxseed, Chia seeds or fish oil six weeks post injection.
HOW DOES THE ACTUAL PROCESS WORK?
- Blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. This hyperconcentrates the platelets and critical healing factors in your own blood. That takes about 30 minutes. You receive a local anesthetic to the area being treated.
- The PRP is now injected into the area (see above) of injury or inflammation by Dr. Feder.
- You will rest following the injection for about 15 minutes before leaving the office.
- You should limit activity/exercise following PRP and hence elevate injury/injection site, as needed.
- Any questions, please feel free to call our office at 310-416-9700.
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