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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
A non-surgical approach to pain relief
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, an advanced, non-surgical technique, uses your own blood to treat acute, chronic or long-term pain resulting from osteoarthritis, tendon, ligament, or cartilage injuries.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy uses the platelets in your own blood to help damaged tissue to heal. Platelets contain proteins known as growth factors, which help stimulate and support repair of tendons, ligaments and cartilage. The plasma used for PRP has five to ten times more platelets than ordinary plasma.
Who is a good candidate for PRP?
You may be an ideal candidate for PRP if you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have pain from mild osteoarthritis or a soft tissue injury. Areas treated include:
Ankle/heel (Achilles tendon)
Elbow (tennis elbow/tendonitis)
Hip (sacroiliac joint inflammation; osteoarthritis)
Knee (jumper’s knee/inflammation of the patellar tendon; osteoarthritis)
Shoulder (rotator cuff injury; osteoarthritis)
What to expect
After an initial consultation, we will schedule your procedure to be done in our office. On the day of the procedure, we will draw some of your blood. We then take your blood and separate the platelets from the solids and other plasma. Once this is complete, we carefully inject it into the injured area using ultrasound guidance. We may also use a local anesthetic.
You may feel some pain for a few days after the injection. We advise you to rest and take it easy while you heal. Depending on your injury, we may recommend a period of physical therapy to help you regain your strength and range of motion. The number of treatments needed varies, depending on the extent of your injury and your body’s response to therapy. If you receive PRP for osteoarthritis of the knee, some patients return to normal activity 24 hours after the first treatment.
Please check with your insurance company to determine if you have coverage for PRP.