Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is platelet rich plasma therapy?
Platelet rich plasma is autologous (your body’s own) blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Platelets are small disk-shaped cells within your blood that contain natural sources of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissues.
PRP is made of many different growth factors that are all products of blood borne platelets. This conglomeration of growth factors provides numerous ways of assisting in cell repair, some of which include: decreasing inflammation, improving cell growth, and act as signals to the immune system.
How platelet rich plasma therapy works
Because the plasma is from your own blood, there is no risk of infection or disease transmission. This is a completely natural way to heal your acute soft tissue injuries.
First, your physician will draw blood (approximately 60-120 cc’s) and use a multi-step centrifuge process to isolate the platelet rich plasma. Next, your physician will tailor the PRP formula for you and your specific injury. Finally, the PRP is injected directly into the injured tissue under live-image guidance with ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy.
What are the benefits?
- Safe: The platelets are harvested from your own blood, so there is little to no risk of an adverse rejection reaction or disease transmission.
- Cost effective: PRP treatment is a quick, cost effective, outpatient procedure that’s harvested from 60-120 cc’s of your own blood. No hospital or facility costs are incurred.
- Fast healing time: PRP Therapy is a 60 minute in-office procedure. This gives you the freedom to resume daily activities with fast healing time. Patients will often need a break from sports and exercise for several weeks to a month.
- Avoidance of invasive surgery: Stem cell therapy administered in concert with PRP injections often leads to avoidance of joint surgery or lifting the burden of pain medication.
- All-natural: By using your own harvested platelets, you are giving your body a chance to heal itself naturally.
Are there risks?
Because PRP effectively induces an inflammatory response, patients will most likely experience some post-procedural pain at the injection site for up to 48 hours. While rare, there are certain inherent risks with any injection procedure, including:
- Infection of the injection site
- Bleeding, especially with anticoagulant therapy or bleeding disorders
- Tendon rupture due to improper needle placement