Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative approach to promote healing from a tissue and bone injury using the body’s own cells (autologous). PRP is blood plasma that is rich in concentration of platelet cells. Platelets are the “first responders” of the body to the injury location, contain growth factors, and other cell types called cytokines that start the healing process. Several clinical trials have shown this therapy to be effective and safe to treat various forms of muscle, tissue and joint disorders. PRP is used to target pain generating from arthritis of the shoulder, knee, elbow and spine. It is also now commonly utilized to target soft tissue and fascia related pain in the neck, feet, and lower back.
PRP Therapy is a FDA approved, non-surgical treatment that is safely performed in an office setting without the need of sedation or anesthesia.
Benefits of treating chronic pain with PRP therapy may include:
- Pain relief from healing of underlying injury
- Use of the body’s own cells (autologous)
- Avoidance of a major surgery
- Improved quality of life and increased ability to perform activities of daily living
- Reduced need for oral medications for pain and avoidance of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, sedation, and constipation
How long does PRP therapy take?
The whole procedure takes about an hour to hour and a half. The patient’s blood is drawn into a tube and spun down in a special centrifuge machine. The plasma, which is rich in platelets, is collected and injected into the injured tissues under ultrasound guidance using universal sterile precautions. Patients are discharged from the office the same day and may resume their normal activities and return to work.
Do I have to take special precautions for this procedure?
No. We recommend patient’s to continue their usual medications and speak to their provider for specific questions.
How many treatments do I need?
In general, most patients require 2-3 treatments to have the maximum benefit from this therapy. These treatments are performed 3-4 weeks apart. It is also possible that patients may feel better after the first treatment and the subsequent treatments are performed only if absolutely needed.