The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) helps to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, and can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared from the patient’s own blood with strict sterile technique. After being centrifuged, the activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells. Ultrasound imaging may or may not be used to guide the injection.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The procedure typically takes about an hour, including preparation time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
How Often Should the Procedure be Done?
This will be discussed between you and your physician. Up to three injections may be given within a six-weeks time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
What are the Expected Results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.