What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a procedure that utilizes your body’s natural healing properties to decrease the amount of time it takes to heal injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
This is a relatively simple, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes.
How does it Work?
Blood is made up of a few different things. The liquid part which is called plasma is made of water, salts, and protiens. More than half your blood is plasma. The solid part of your blood contains Red blood cells (oxygen transporters), white blood cells (infection fighters and immune system) and platelets (which help blood clot when you get a cut).
Platelets are the components of your blood that are best known for blood clotting, but also for the hundreds of proteins called growth factors. These proteins are vital in the healing process.
We utilize these growth factors by drawing a small amount of your blood and isolating and separating the platelets and plasma.
What results is a very concentrated form of plasma that is rich in naturally healing growth factors.
We then inject the concentrated plasma to the injured area to accelerate healing.
Common Conditions Treated with PRP
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Muscle injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Achilles injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Medial Collateral LIG
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Partial rotator cuff tears
Who can Benefit?
Professional and amateur athletes alike have been taking advantage of PRP, as well as patients with muscle injuries, or anyone experiencing joint pain.
What is the Procedure Like?
PRP is an outpatient procedure which will take approximately 30 minutes.
We begin by drawing between 15-30 cc of your blood and placing it into a centrifuge, which will spin at rates of 3,500 revolutions per minute.
This process is what separates the plasma from the red and white cell components of your blood.
The resulting plasma contains 4-10 times the concentration of platelets than normal. The separated PRP is then drawn into a syringe and prepared for injection.
A radiologist who is specially trained in the intricacies of the musculoskeletal system will inject the PRP using Ultrasound guidance.
Musculoskeletal radiologists are specially trained in the body’s system of bones, joints, and associated soft tissues, making them the ideal healthcare specialist to administer PRP.
After your Injection
Post-procedure, you can expect the area to feel swollen and mildly painful, often compared to a dull ache. This is a good sign indicating the injection is working.
The injected area will also become mildly inflamed. This is because when your body sustains an injury, the area becomes swollen to start to the natural process your body uses to heal itself.
Steroid injections and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen do the opposite. These methods are good for relieving pain but will slow the healing process.
After 2-5 days you can expect the pain to start receding.
The injection will increase strength in the area, reduce pain, and improve overall function for the long term.