Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a non-surgical treatment for anyone who is struggling with common injuries, joint pain, tendonitis, or ligament pain. This regenerative medicine accelerates your natural healing process by activating your own stem cells and platelets in an injury site. This allows your body to get back to normal without lengthy down time or painful rehabilitation after surgery.
Did you know your own blood and bone marrow contain bioactive proteins that initiate and control the healing process? We use special equipment to draw and process your own blood, then inject the processed blood into your injury site using fluoroscopy or ultrasonic guidance. The process of platelet rich plasma takes about one to two hours and the site of injection may be painful for one to two weeks.
How are Blood Platelets Used?
Platelets are what helps to prevent clotting of blood and facilitate healing of wounds. Our bodies are built to naturally regenerate themselves with new and growing cells. Stem cells are the fundamental element in the process of regenerating important tissues and muscles throughout our bodies. They are aided in this process with bioactive protein contained in blood and bone marrow. Regenerative medicine takes the approach of utilizing and maximizing this natural process by drawing and processing the patient's own blood and re-injecting it to the site of an injury. While the direct aftermath of the process may be painful, this technique is intended to boost the regeneration process your body is already undergoing by concentrating stem cells around the area and providing them with the proteins to form expediently.
What Can I Expect If Receiving PRP?
The Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) technique involves using specialized equipment to draw and process the patient's own blood. This is then injected into the site of injury using either fluoroscopy or ultrasonic guidance. The entire process can take one to two hours. The site of injection will likely be very painful for one to two weeks. The process may be repeated two, three, or more times to achieve the desired benefit of pain reduction, joint strengthening, ligament and tendon repair, and improved function by 4-6 months. Some insurance plans are beginning to partially cover the procedure.