What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge regenerative therapy derived from your own blood. The process involves drawing a small amount of blood, typically 2-3 ounces, and using a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma and platelets. The concentrated platelets are then suspended in your plasma, creating a powerful serum that promotes healing and tissue regeneration.

How is PRP Administered?

PRP is administered through an injection directly into the site of chronic inflammation, such as tendons, muscles, or joints. This targeted approach stimulates a robust healing response by signaling your body to send blood and inflammatory factors to the affected area. The growth factors and proteins in the PRP help accelerate the healing process, reduce inflammation, and promote tissue repair.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The PRP injection procedure is relatively quick and straightforward:

  • Blood Draw: a qualified phlebotomist will draw a small amount of your blood.
  • Centrifugation: The blood is processed in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma.
  • Injection: The PRP serum is injected into the targeted area.
  • The injection itself takes only 1-2 minutes. After the injection, there is a 10-15 minute period where the patient needs to wait to allow the PRP to set up. This period can be somewhat uncomfortable. It is important to avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications 24 hours before and 72 hours after the injection, as PRP is pro-inflammatory and these medications could hinder the healing process.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

PRP therapy does not provide immediate results. The healing process varies from patient to patient, with some experiencing improvement within 24 hours, while others may see results over a period of 6 weeks. The duration depends on the extent of the injury and the body’s natural healing capabilities.

Effectiveness of PRP Therapy

While there is no absolute guarantee that PRP will work for everyone, our providers have successfully performed hundreds of PRP injections with positive outcomes for the majority of patients. PRP therapy has shown significant benefits in treating chronic injuries and conditions, making it a viable alternative to surgery for many patients.

Steroid Injection as Alternative to PRP

Steroid joint injections are a highly effective alternative treatment to PRP for a variety of health goals. The injections involve injecting a corticosteroid directly into the affected joint or target area to provide rapid results and/or relief from discomfort and improve joint function.

Learn more about Steroid Injections here.

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