Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PATIENT’S GUIDE TO PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY

REGENERATIVE TREATMENT FOR HEALING SOFT TISSUE AND JOINT PAIN TO GET YOU BACK TO AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

WHY PRP?

  • All natural, from your own blood
  • Speeds up and promotes healing
  • Minimal to no down time
  • Less side effects compared to steroid injection or surgery
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal risk factors as the cells come from the patient

A MINIMALLY INVASIVE WAY TO TREAT CHRONIC INJURIES

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a Regenerative treatment for healing joint, tendon and ligament pain.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS PRP CAN HELP?

When treatment with medication, physical therapy, bracing, etc. does not provide symptomatic relief, PRP can help treat many soft tissue injuries including the following:

Tendon injuries: Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Rotator Cuff Tendons, Achilles Tendon, Hip Tendons, Hip Bursitis, Patellar Tendon

Ligament injuries: Knee (ACL, PCL, MCL,LCL), Plantar Fasciitis

Degeneration: Disc degeneration, hip degeneration, knee degeneration

WHAT IS PRP?

PRP injection is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment that uses your own body’s healing components to relieve pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP contains concentrated healing factors such as platelets, white blood cells, growth factors and other proteins. These items are vital for tissue regeneration and repair.

HOW DOES PRP WORK?

PRP “supercharges” your body’s natural healing process by signaling stem cells and other regenerative cells to repair damaged tissue. This healing process continues for weeks to months following the procedure. While other soft tissue and joint injury treatments such as corticosteroid injections may provide temporary relief and stop inflammation, PRP injections actually heal the tissue over time

IS IT SAFE? DOES IT HURT?

Since PRP is prepared from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission and very minimal risk of infection. A local anesthetic is used so there is just mild discomfort during the procedure. There may be mild pain and swelling at the injection site after the procedure. However, the majority of patients are able to return to their usual activities with no down time.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS?

This treatment is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing. Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over weeks to months. There are several studies that show significant healing and long lasting reduction in pain for a variety of injuries. Some patients require more than one injection to obtain optimal results.


HOW IS IT PERFORMED?

A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and placed into a FDA approved container. This sterile disposable container is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the blood into its many components. The platelet rich plasma is removed from the blood sample and can then be injected into an injured area of soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament, or into a degenerative joint. Ultrasound guidance is used to assist in the precise placement of the PRP. The entire process takes about 30-60 minutes with the majority of the time used for preparing the PRP.