Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a specially prepared sample of your blood in which all of the red blood cells (RBCs) have been removed and the platelets are concentrated to between 5-10 times that found in normally circulating blood. Platelets are the cells that circulate in your blood and will immediately identify and stick to any injured area in a blood vessel. They then create an immediate seal wherever there is a disruption of the vessel, and release proteins that start the tissue regeneration and healing. PRP can be used to promote healing in any area requiring a “jump start” in the body’s ability to heal injuries. PRP therefore is similar to other Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) such as Prolotherapy.
What Does Platelet Rich Plasma Treat?
- Shoulder pain
- Sacroiliac pain
- Back pain
- Elbow pain
- Knee pain
- Achilles tendon
- Arthritic joint pain
- Plantar fascia foot pain
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Work?
A syringe of your blood is drawn and placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the blood to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated platelet fraction will then be extracted and prepared for injection into the injured area. The platelet concentrate is injected directly into the involved tissues. The platelets then become “activated” in that area and help your body to begin the healing process. Sometimes other “boosters” such as Stem Cells or Growth Factors can be mixed with the PRP for an even more robust response.
What Should I Expect from Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?
You should come to the procedure well rested and well hydrated. If you take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications, be sure to discuss with Dr. Greenberg in advance whether these should be withheld for a period of time before the injection. Similar to other RIT treatments, such as Prolotherapy, it may take as long as a month to feel results of the procedure. You may experience pain after the procedure the first 48 hours – this is the inflammatory phase. It is safe to apply ice or take Tylenol as instructed. It will then be necessary to evaluate your body’s response to the procedure to determine if repeat treatments are required for more complete relief.
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