ORTHOPEDIC PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
If you’re an active person, chances are you deal with pain and occasional minor injury after a long day of physical exertion. For some people, these small aches, pains, and soft tissue injuries just get worse over time, leading to severe discomfort. If you’ve been struggling with achy, painful joints or reduced mobility and surgery seems to be the next step, consider another option before you take the plunge. Invasive surgical procedures can lead to unpleasant and debilitating complications and generally involve weeks of downtime—a daunting proposition for most busy adults. Luckily, PRP injections are available as a noninvasive alternative.
PRP is Platelet Rich Plasma, a revitalizing substance isolated from your own blood. PRP injections are an advanced, safe, non-surgical procedure that has been successful in not only relieving pain, but also in stimulating the healing process and promoting tissue regeneration. Platelet activation plays a key role in wound and soft tissue healing. For years PRP has been used successfully in orthopedic medicine to regenerate lost cartilage in various joints, particularly the shoulder and knee. PRP also has been used in injured muscles to repair the muscle tissue.
If you have a tendon, ligament, muscle, or joint injury and traditional orthopedic methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery, and requires very little recovery time. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and prevents further degeneration of the injured tissues.
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Conditions that Ortho PRP Injections Can Address*
- A-C joint pain and arthritis
- Achilles tendonitis
- ACL partial tears
- Biceps tendonitis
- Cartilage injury
- Golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring tears
- Ligament sprains and tears
How PRP Treatment Works
- First, we draw your blood so we can extract the PRP. If you’ve donated blood before, you know that sometimes a blood draw can cause lightheadedness. Make sure to eat well and come hydrated on the day of your treatment so you’re sure to react well to having blood taken.
- Second, we use a centrifuge to spin the blood and separate out the plasma, where the platelets are found. Platelets are what your body uses on its own to heal cuts and injuries.
- Finally, we inject the extracted plasma into the area(s) of concern. Our medical professionals are experienced at doing these injections and know where to position the needle for maximum efficacy. After injection, your body’s own healing factor will go to work against inflammation, injury, and tissue deterioration in the treated area.
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To obtain this valuable substance, sometimes called “liquid gold,” we simply draw the patient’s blood and separate out the Platelet-Rich Plasma using a centrifuge.
Therapy with PRP is very safe and has been used for many years in the orthopedic setting. Plus, there’s no chance of allergic reaction with PRP, unlike other injections, since the substance used comes from your own body.
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is done in an exam room and takes less than an hour. Unlike surgery, you can be in an out quickly, and get on with your day. No anesthesia, no downtime.
Some patients do not find injections to be painful. Because we may be injecting PRP into sensitive or painful areas, there may be some pain associated with treatment. We have measures to make the process more comfortable, but remember that a surgical alternative will always cause more pain and more disruption to life than injection treatment.
Because PRP kickstarts the healing process, your body still needs time to work. Most patients will begin to experience relief from pain and increased function of the injured areas as early as a few days through a few weeks.
While some people report significant relief after just one treatment, sometimes a series of treatments is needed for maximum healing and relief. We’ll assess your progress and build a regimen around your response to the PRP injections.