What is PRP? How does it work?
Platelets are separated from other components of a patient’s blood by the high speeds of a centrifuge. The platelets are then extracted with a syringe and injected into the joint that’s causing a patient’s discomfort.
Such a high concentration of re-introduced platelets in a small area attracts the help of stem cells, and encourages tissue regeneration.
Benefits from the use of PRP
PRP is effective because where blood supply is limited, like musculoskeletal and soft tissues, this deposit of growth factors speeds up the healing of a problem area. It can be used to treat tendonitis, ligament tears, rotator cuff damage, and osteoarthritis.
These less invasive and aggressive treatments are used to relieve pain, repair damage, and improve the patient’s range of motion. It has been proven to be an excellent preventative measure, and negate the need for surgery, helping patients return to normal daily activities.
BEFORE Restrictions- Do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication the entire week prior to an injection. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. If you are unsure, ask us about acceptable pain management medication.
PROCEDURE-Your blood will be drawn and sent to the lab, where they separate your platelets from red and white blood cells using a centrifuge. The platelet rich plasma is then prepared for injection, and your physician delivers your platelets back to you within the problem site. It’s that simple!
AFTER Restrictions-The month following your injection, do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
EXERCISE- After an initial 2 weeks of no excess activity, light exercise may be reintroduced to daily routine. Moderate to strenuous exercise is not recommended until 6 weeks after the injection. Vigorous movement before this time will negate healing of the treated site.
When will I see results?
With smaller issues, such as bursitis, patients may only require 2 treatments, and can see positive outcomes within 1 week. Most patients with more severe problems see effects after 6 weeks, as the improvement is gradual with continued treatments.
There is a risk of complication with any medical procedure. Take time to discuss treatment options and any questions you may have with your physician, before agreeing with a procedure.