(PRP) Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP is a safe, effective natural way for your body to heal itself.
The PRP procedure is a safe and effective natural way to treat and heal damaged joints and tissues.
PRP can address a wide range of orthopedic injuries in the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The process consists of drawing the patient’s own blood sample and placing in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets which are cells rich in growth factors. The PRP is then injected back into the injury to stimulate healing and tissue growth.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can treat:
What is the process of PRP therapy?
PRP is a simple, painless injection procedure, conveniently done in an office visit. The complete process of drawing blood to preparing the solution for injection takes approximately 30 minutes. First, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, just as would be for a routine blood test. Once the blood is drawn, it is then placed into a centrifuge – a machine that spins the blood at high speed in order to separate the blood from its concentrated platelets. Once the blood is separated, the remaining concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is ready to be used in the localized injection process.
The platelet-rich portion is then injected back into the injured joint, tendon, ligament or muscle has been determined to be a source of pain and is not healing properly. Injections are performed under image guidance to ensure precise placement. Depending on each patient’s individualized condition, the number of injections required varies but typically range anywhere from two to six injections done over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection.
Does it hurt?
In general, PRP injections are not painful and similar to a cortisone shot (although without the burning sensation!) The amount of discomfort depends on the part of the body being treated and the patient’s personal tolerance level. Sometimes there can be some swelling and achiness after the procedure, but this does not last more than a few days and can be minimized with over the counter Acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is very important to avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve, Motrin, Celebrex and Naproxen. These drugs may delay the healing process.
When will I notice results and how long will it last?
Unlike other treatments that offer temporary relief, PRP therapy can have a lasting outcome as its growth factors work to stimulate the healing process of your own body. The timeframe for experiencing results depends upon the area and extent of the injury. In our experience, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within 4 to 6 weeks. Following the injections, it is advised to continue a well-planned course of physical therapy and to avoid aggressive physical activity or overloading of the injected tissues.
What are the risks of PRP therapy?
Because PRP is derived from your own blood and does not involve any drugs or chemicals, PRP is an especially safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction. It is important to note that any time a needle is pierced through the skin there is a risk of infection, bleeding or nerve damage, although these risks are very rare. Other risks depend on the area being treated and may be discussed with Dr. Frost in detail.