Platelet-rich plasma is a concentrate derived from whole blood. Using a variable centrifuge machine this blood is spun down to separate out and concentrate the platelets and growth factors essential for tissue healing. One of the great benefits about PRP treatment is that the blood used for the treatment is drawn from the patient. This limits the possibility of allergic reaction or infection.
PRP injections are effective treatment of chronic tendon injury. Of particular note are elbow injuries such as tennis elbow
and golfers elbow. These common injuries affect tendons of the affected joints, and their effects can spread to the whole arm. Studies show
that PRP helps promote healing of injured joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Inflammation affecting joints can also be
addressed by directed PRP injections.
When treating osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP directly into the affected joint. The goal is to:
PRP is seen as an alternative to other typical solutions for injured joints and osteoarthritis. Surgeries potentially cause further damage to joints affected by injury or arthritis, and multiple surgeries may be required to full correct an issue. Cortisone shots, another popular pain management solution, have side effects that include potentially damaging healthy ligaments and tendons. Additionally, cortisone treatments must be limited to avoid possible health issues.
Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection. PRP injections are not painful and its easily done by a pain specialist at our office.
Most patients notice some element of improvement by 2-6 weeks after PRP. Usually a second treatment is needed 6 weeks after the first session. Professional athletes who have undergone PRP injections have seen a full return to activity within months of treatment.