PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Stay in the Game!
PRP-Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a great option for the patient with the chronic injury that never seems to go away, or athletic individuals who are looking for something to “speed up” the recovery process.
A PRP injection is a plasma concentrate, derived from your own blood, that is rich in growth factors, which promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and various musculoskeletal problems. Growth factors are involved in the key stages of wound healing and regenerative processes, so activating your platelets plays a key role in the process of soft tissue healing.
PRP injections have the potential to improve function and decrease pain for various issues, including – but not limited to – elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip knee, back and ankle. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis.
Both acute and chronic injuries benefit from PRP Therapy by encouraging healing and discouraging the development of scar tissue, which further inhibits blood flow. PRP is a way to manage or eliminate pain in your back, neck, joints and soft tissues.
This viable procedure may decrease the progression of more serious injuries, decrease overall healing time and decrease the overall need for surgical intervention.
A Key Component: We "Pool" Our Expertise
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is optimally effective when your blood becomes plasma containing a high concentration of growth factors and those growth factors are encouraged to facilitate healing in an optimal environment.
We use only the latest technology available in our processing, to achieve a high concentration of growth factors in your plasma. Additionally, all of our injections are ultrasound or fluoroscopy guided to ensure we pinpoint the exact area of injury.
A key component to our success rate, which is unique to our facility, is our specialized rehabilitation program.
Our medical team consults on each patient to determine the best course of action for their condition. Our team is comprised of physicians who excel in their individual field, and pool their expertise to address your personal needs.
How Does PRP Work?
Most tendons and ligaments have a poor blood supply and are often the site of microscopic tears or scarring. Sometimes when we injure a tendon or ligament the healing process does not work correctly and instead of forming healthy collagen fibers, there is significant scar tissue that develops in its place.
The development of scar tissue further prohibits proper blood flow to the injured area. This means that the tissue will never really have the opportunity to heal correctly. That is why sometimes ligament and tendon injuries heal and other times they do not.
Most often medications are given to treat pain and inflammation, but they don’t treat the underlying problem of scar tissue. When these injuries don’t heal properly, the pain may become chronic.
PRP Therapy is the injection of the patients’ own high concentration of platelets into an injured tendon, ligament or muscle tear. The injection penetrates the scar tissue and brings natural healing cells to an area that is deficient, allowing the body to resume natural healing.
PRP - A Simple Procedure
PRP therapy is done in our office and takes about 45 minutes in total. A small amount of the patient’s own blood is taken with a simple blood draw.
Using a special centrifuge machine in our on-site dedicated lab, this blood is spun down to separate out and concentrate the platelets and growth factors that are essential for tissue healing.
The resulting small amount of fluid with concentrated platelets and growth factors is called platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP concentrate is then injected into the injured area.
Ultrasound or Fluoroscopy Guided Injections
Our physicians use ultrasound-guided or fluoroscopy-guided machines to identify the area within the ligament or tendon that is injured. The physician is then able to use a needle to inject the PRP into the injured area and even between tightly packed collagen fibers.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With PRP?
PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligaments all over the body. Just a few examples are:
- Accelerated recovery rate for certain post-surgical procedures
- Sports injuries
- Symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Arthritic joints
- Lower back, degenerative disc disease
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- ACL tears
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff tears
- Plantar fasciitis
Will I Feel Immediate Results From PRP?
Because PRP stimulates natural healing, you are not likely to notice immediate results. Some patients may or may not notice an increase in pain in the days following the injection(s). Each day, as the pain lessens, functional mobility, endurance and strength should increase. You should notice gradual improvement in 2-6 weeks, with some patients reporting ongoing improvement in 6-9 months. Not all patients respond to PRP treatment.
Does PRP Really Work?
Each patient is unique, so each patient may respond differently to PRP treatment. Because PRP aims to stimulate the body to heal on its own, to accelerate healing, and to stop damage before it progresses, individual results vary.
Equally important to the healing process is our integrated team of physicians and physical therapists who develop a post-procedure protocol for you to assist the healing process and reduce the risk of future injury.
PRP therapy may be a viable procedure for patients who are post surgical and experiencing ongoing pain. In some instances, ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair has occurred after PRP therapy.
What Does PRP Cost?
PRP is not covered by your insurance. Prices range depending on the number and location of the joints being injected. Some portion of your procedure, such as diagnostic testing, and post procedure therapy may be covered by your insurance. We will provide you an itemized bill, that you may submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement.
Please contact us for current pricing guidelines.
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