In order to understand how Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works, it is important to have a basic understanding of the human blood. Our blood is made up of a liquid, called plasma, ﬁlled with small solid components of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
The platelets work as important clotting factor at wound sites, helping to stop bleeding and establish a clot, essentially plugging a hole at the site of a bleed. In addition, platelets contain many proteins known as growth factors which are important in cellular healing. The platelet-derived growth factors help regenerate cells in the body and accelerates the body’s own healing process.
A small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. Enriched with growth and healing concentration, the PRP is then injected into the point of injury, jump-starting and strengthening the body’s natural healing process.
The Platelet Rich Plasma therapy takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP injections relieve pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery.
Generally, this treatment is reserved for cases that have not had satisfactory results with conventional treatments such as, anti-inﬂammatory, physiotherapy, cortisone injection, etc.
Since the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing with lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, progressing the healing. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very eﬀective tissue repair and returning patients to their normal lives.
This will be discussed between you and your Physician. Two injections may be needed within a three-month time frame, in some cases three, but this is rare. A large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the ﬁrst or second injection.
Overall, PRP is an especially safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood. The risk of infection or allergies to anesthetics are very rare.
• Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
• Rotator Cuﬀ Tears
• Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
• ACL Injuries
• Pelvic Pain and Instability
• Back and Neck Injuries
• Tennis Elbow
• Ankle Sprains
• Ligament Sprains
• Intra-discal PRP