Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy as it is also known as, is fast becoming an emerging technology for the treatment of several medical conditions and injuries including chronic back pain, tendonitis, hip arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, knee arthritis and whiplash just to name a few.
PRP Therapy has been used since the mid 1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in the recovery of soft tissues following plastic surgery. Since then, the use of platelet rich plasma therapy has increased especially in the world of sports medicine.
Specific articles utilizing PRP Therapy:
- Why Did Kobe Bryant Choose PRP Injections?
- Can PRP Injections Heal my Rotator Cuff Injury?
- How to Choose the Best Doctor to Perform PRP Injections
- PRP Injections for Knee Arthritis
Who Has Used Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
One of the biggest names in world of sports, Tiger Woods has used PRP therapy treatments for his knee to help in the recovery process after knee surgery. When Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, received treatments before winning Super Bowl XLIII, PRP therapy started to receive widespread recognition. Many professional athletes have used PRP therapy to heal their bodies using their bodies own natural process.
How Does PRP Therapy Really Work?
- When your body receives a soft tissue injury, its first response is to deliver platelet cells to the injured area.
- These platelet cells are packed with healing and growth factors designed to help repair the injured area and attract the critical assistance of stem cells.
- To help increase your bodies natural healing process, a small sample of blood is drawn, and spun at high speeds in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets.
- The concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected into and around the injured area, jump-starting the strengthening of your body’s natural healing process.
- Dues to the fact that your own blood is being used in the procedure, the risk of transmissible infections is zero, and the risk of an allergic reaction is very low.
Will I Feel Immediate Results from PRP Therapy?
You will feel a notable increase in pain in the days immediately following the injection. If anyone tells you differently then I would be very skeptical. Remember, you already have an injured area that is painful. Injecting a needle and the additional fluids containing the platelets into this area, will initially cause some discomfort. However, the pain will subside each day as functionality and mobility increase. Typically, patients see a noticeable improvement in 2 – 6 weeks after the first PRP therapy treatment. Some patients have reported continued improvements 6-9 months after their PRP therapy treatments have been administered.
Performing platelet rich plasma therapy, when the initial injury occurs, may lower your risk of needing surgery!
How Many PRP Treatments Will I Need?
Depending on your specific injury and your own bodies natural healing process, usually three injections may be administered over a six month period. Careful attention is paid to how your body is healing and how you feel you are progressing.
How Long Will The PRP Treatments Take?
Each procedure usually takes about 1 – 2 hours including preparation and recovery time. The procedures are performed safely in our medical offices by our trained and certified doctors and staff. There is no need for an anesthesia or hospital stays. After the treatments, patients usually return to their normal duties or job activities.