PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. We use a centrifuge to spin your own blood to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. We draw up the plasma in a syringe and can use it for various different procedures. The natural healing properties in blood repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and/or bone.
How We Use PRP
We can inject PRP into joints or soft tissue to accelerate healing by regenerating new tissue growth. The goal of PRP is to reduce pain, improve joint function, and slow, halt, or repair damage to cartilage.
Platelets provide essential growth factors and other proteins that regulate cell division, stimulate tissue regeneration, and promote healing. When PRP is used in joints, it can slow down or reverse degeneration from osteoarthritis.
PRP can be used for acute injuries or chronic joint pain. It can also be done after surgery to reduce scar tissue and accelerate healing.
How is PRP Performed?
PRP injection procedure is done outpatient and can take 30-60 minutes. A patient’s blood is drawn, spun down, and the platelets are drawn up in a syringe for injection. Ultrasound guidance is used for the injection to ensure the PRP is injected into the joint capsule and ensuring avoidance of any vessels near the site of injury.
How Many Injections Do I Need?
This depends on the severity of the osteoarthritis or injury. Our goal is for each patient to have only 1 injection in the affected area. This is determined after thorough physical exam and review of history.
PRP injections are not covered by insurance at this time.
Patients are advised to take it easy for a few days following the injection. Normal activity as tolerated is recommended. Anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided, as this interferes with the body’s healing response. Minimal injection site pain is to be expected for 1-2 days. Results may be noticed immediately but may take up to 4-6 weeks.
Call to setup an appointment to evaluate if you’d be a good candidate for a PRP injection.