PRP for osteoarthritis and Injuries
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a method used to derive a high concentration of biological nutrient-rich cells and create autologous platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is a technology that deploys aspects of blood-based biochemistry. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special proteins that help your blood to clot and support cell growth by activating fibroblast production, collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis for healthy cell production and repair of damaged tissues.
PRP is produced by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it and then injecting it back into the patient. Since the PRP is the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
How is PRP preformed?
PRP is completed in 4 steps:
- A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient
- The practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. The process takes about 10 minutes.
- A technologist takes the separated plasma and prepares it for injection into the affected area.
- Your doctor will then inject the PRP into the area. When platelet-rich plasma is activated it releases at least eight essential growth factors and signaling proteins stimulating the growth of healthy tissue and cells.
Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury. PRP is used to treat chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, and jumper’s knee, or pain in the patellar tendon in the knee. Can also be used post-surgery to repair tendons and ligaments.
PRP injections are used to treat acute sports injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles or knee sprains.
PRP injections are used for osteoarthritis in the knees to stimulate growth in injured tissues.
Benefits in injuries and osteoarthritis can be seen in 2-4 weeks. Because PRP injections are intended to promote healing or growth, you may not notice an immediate difference after receiving the injections. Strength and endurance may improve for up to 6-9 months. Sometimes, more than one treatment of PRP may be needed.
Is PRP painful?
There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site, but this will quickly resolve.
How long does the procedure take?
The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application varies based on which procedure is being performed
How many sessions of PRP is required?
PRP treatments can differ from patient to patient. For proper assessment, pre and post protocol and a personal treatment regime, a complimentary consultation done by one of our team is advisable.