Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: Your Body’s Secret Weapon
Live & Enjoy Life PAIN FREE With PRP Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (sometimes referred to as regenerative therapy) is an exciting, revolutionary, non-surgical treatment which uses your body’s own blood platelets to heal itself. PRP is a treatment that works for people suffering with chronic and acute pain from an injury.
PRP Therapy is used for a Variety of Conditions:
- Arthritis of the Knee, Hip, or Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Tennis Elbow
- Hip Bursitis
- Ligament and Tendon Pain
- Back and Neck Pain
A Cutting-Edge Solution to Heal Your Pain
- Athletes and active people can benefit from stimulated healing using PRP Therapy.
- PRP Therapy utilizes platelets taken from the patient’s own blood to rebuild a damaged muscle, tendon, ligament, and even cartilage.
- PRP Therapy can play a key role in the healing of soft tissue and eliminate pain in a non-invasive way.
- PRP Therapy actually heals your body, rather than masking your pain and covering it up.
- PRP Therapy heals without the need for invasive or costly surgery
PRP Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is not a good canidate for PRP Injections?
- Anyone with a blood borne Cancer (such as lymphoma or leukemia), not in remission for at least 5 years
- Other malignancies or blood borne diseases
- Current infection
- Patients using a high dosage of Coumadin
- Patients with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease
- Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates
What are the potential benefits and risk of PRP injections?
- While PRP is a relatively new therapy for treatment of muscle and joint disorders, there are reliable studies (level 1 evidence) showing it to be effective for certain conditions including tendon and ligament tears (tennis elbow, rotator cuff tear, patellar tendon tear, plantar fasciitis). There are also many mid level studies (level 2 evidence) showing it to be effective for mild-moderate osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder.
- Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of having an allergic or immune reaction. In fact, side effects from PRP injection are extremely rare. The main risks include local infection at the site of injection (1% risk) and pain at the injection site.
How is the injection done?
- The procedure will be scheduled at least a week in advance. At that time, you will be asked to discontinue the use of aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications. On the day of the procedure, a specially trained person will draw blood from a vein. It is placed in a centrifuge for 10 minutes in order to concentrate the platelets. The final product is then given to the physician performing the injection. The PRP solution is injected immediately. It is never stored for injection at a later date.
How many injections will I need?
- This is ultimately decided by your physician. Typically, the physician will use the MRI or Ultrasound and previous treatments results to determine the number of injections. Typically the physician will suggest between 1 to 3 injections.
How much do the injections cost?
- At the present time, insurance companies won’t pay for PRP therapy.
The cost of PRP treatment varies based on the number of injections you receive.
Can I take my normal medications with the injections?
- Do not take anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Mobic, Naproxen, Nabumetone, or Diclofenac for 7 days prior to the injection and 6 weeks after the last injection. Pain medication will be prescribed the day of the procedure to be taken as needed. A regular aspirin regimen (81mg/day) is ok. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is allowed.