PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is the fluid portion of blood which contains cellular components such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
PRP is derived from your own blood. After filtering out the rest of the cells and plasma using a centrifuge, a small amount of platelets remain. These highly concentrated platelets carry beneficial proteins known as “growth factors” that induce accelerated tissue regeneration and proliferation.
Our physician then injects these highly concentrated platelets back into the damaged areas, which then catalyze the growth of new, healthy tissue.
Unlike medications like ibuprofen or cortisone, which simply alleviate pain, PRP Therapy is a non-invasive alternative that actually heals the injured region.
Patients who can benefit from PRP Therapy include those who have been diagnosed with:
- *Arthritic knees, meniscus tears, ACL ligament injuries and damaged cartilage.
- *Shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries
- *Lumbar spine (low back) disc pain
- *Degenerative arthritis (knees, hips, shoulders, ankles), tendinitis, frozen shoulder
- *Wrist/Hand joint pain
- *Tennis elbow
Commonly Asked PRP Questions
Is it painful?
Patients usually tolerate the procedure well, although there may be some soreness at the site of injection.
How many treatments do I need?
This varies, but most patients experience great relief after 1-3 treatments, depending on the severity of the injury and how long it has been there.
How often are the treatments administrated?
If more than one injection is indicated, they are usually about 4-6 weeks apart.
What can I expect after PRP?
Mild swelling and discomfort may occur at the injection site during the first 48 hours post treatment. By the third day, these symptoms will begin to resolve.
Are there side effects or complications?
Minimal side effects have been observed. Stiffness and/or discomfort will resolve with time.
How long does it take for PRP Therapy to work?
Symptom improvement is slow and subtle, but most patients notice some element of improvement within 2-4 weeks. Chronic pain is lessened and increased endurance and strength are typically reported over time.
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