No Surgery. No Downtime.
No More Pain.
You have probably heard about PRP being used to assist professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and Troy Polamalu to speed up their healing time. These athletes received PRP therapy after experiencing injuries that should have sidelined them for months, but instead experienced faster recovery time thanks to PRP treatments.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma, commonly referred to as “PRP’, is a safe, non-surgical, sustained solution for injuries to tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Utilizing the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy is a concentration of platelets that is injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, it is possible for an injured individual to feel significantly less pain in four to six weeks.
PRP presents patients with a long lasting solution that will not wear off over time as with a traditional pain injection. For this reason, the use of PRP could help a patient avoid surgery. With any treatment option, the effectiveness of the treatment depends upon the severity of the injury.
How is PRP created?
Creation of PRP is simple, painless, and conveniently done at an office visit. The entire process of drawing blood to solution preparation only takes approximately 25-30 minutes. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient, just like a routine blood test. Once the blood is drawn it is then placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge is a machine that spins the blood at high speeds in order to separate the blood and concentrate the platelets. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then ready to be used in the treatment process.
How are PRP injections administered? Are PRP injections painful?
The platelet-rich portion is collected and injected back into the injured area, determined to be a source of pain. The entire process, which includes the creation of the PRP and injection, typically takes less than an hour.
The number of injections varies based on each patient’s individualized condition but typically range anywhere from two to six injections done over time. Patients typically experience noticeable reduction in pain after the first or second injection.
Generally speaking PRP injections are not painful; however the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. Injections into the joint are of minimal discomfort. There is sometimes a small amount of pain after the procedure as healing begins to take place, however this does not last more than a few days.
What conditions are PRP ( Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy used for:
- Ankle / Foot Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis ( Heel Spurs)
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Sprain / Strain
- Wrist Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Trigger Points
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator Cuff Strain
- Biceps Tendinitis
- Elbow Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Pitcher’s Elbow
- Little League Elbow
- Elbow overuse / strain
- Knee Pain
- Patellar Tendinitis / Jumper’s Knee
- Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Sprains / Strains
- Calf Strain
- Hamstring Strain
- Chronic Tendinitis
When can I expect to feel better?
The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of the injury. On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within four to six weeks. Continuing a well-designed course of physical therapy and avoidance of aggressive physical activity or overloading the injected tissues is advised in the weeks that follow the injections. This is done to allow the tissues to heal best.