Frequently Asked Question
What happens after I receive PRP treatment?
You will be given specific, personalized instructions regarding rehabilitation after the PRP therapy. It is our experience that proper rehabilitation after the procedure is critically important to optimize a successful outcome for you. We have a network of fantastic therapists we work with and will work closely with your therapist if you already have one you like. Specific exercises, timelines, and goals are tailored individually for each patient. You will be an important, active participant in your own rehabilitation and keep a journal of your daily exercises and resolution of symptoms.
Is the procedure painful?
With anesthesia, our patients tolerate PRP therapy very well. Patients typically feel sore from 1-2 weeks after the procedure, which reflects the initiation of the inflammatory response. This inflammatory response begins the healing cascade of events. Our patients usually only need to take very mild analgesics during this time period.
Who is not a good candidate for PRP?
Patients who may not be candidates include those who are pregnant, on anti-coagulation therapy, active infection, cancer, or significantly low platelet counts.
Are you a good candidate for PRP therapy?
If you have a musculoskeletal injury that has not healed on its own and are suffering from pain that is limiting your activity, we would be happy to evaluate you for PRP treatment.
How does PRP work to heal musculoskeletal injury?
PRP is plasma that is rich in platelets. Platelets contain growth factors and cytokines crucially important in stimulating restoration of injured tissue. When your site of injury is precisely injected with PRP, a cascade of events that promotes healing. These events include inflammation, granulation, matrix formation and ends with soft tissue remodeling and healing.
Why is PRP a treatment I should consider?
Traditionally, we have been able to only offer treatments that mask the pain of musculoskeletal injuries such as anti-inflammatories, steroids & narcotics. PRP, however, is a potentially curative treatment and the opportunity for you to avoid medications and invasive surgery.
How long does PRP take to work?
Unlike the immediate relief of steroids, which simply mask pain symptoms for a short amount of time, PRP is a gradual process that utilizes the body’s own growth factors and signaling mechanisms to promote a curative healing process. Patients usually start noticing resolution of symptoms from 2-6 weeks after therapy. You may continue to slowly improve upwards of 6-9 months after the initial injection. Depending on the severity and duration of the injury, patients may need additional injections to continue the healing process.
Are there any risks associated with PRP treatment?
PRP is an extremely safe procedure, as we are utilizing your own blood. We do all of our procedures in a surgical suite under sterile conditions to minimize the risk of infection. We also use direct image guidance for both accurate placement of cells as well as to minimize risk for injuring nerves and blood vessels.
How is PRP administered?
After PRP is processed in our laboratory, it is brought to the operating suite and under sterile conditions, injected into the area of your injury precisely under X-ray and ultrasound guidance to ensure optimal placement. We give very special attention to accurately placing the PRP.
How is PRP prepared?
After starting a peripheral IV line under local anesthesia, about 30-60 mL of blood is drawn into a syringe that will be sent for further centrifugation, separation & isolation of the platelet rich plasma. This is the portion that contains growth factors and cytokines helpful for healing soft tissue injury.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Platelets are the component of blood most commonly known for helping create blood clots when a tissue is injured. Less commonly known, platelets also contain and release growth factors and cytokines with instrumental healing properties. PRP is blood plasma that has been enhanced to contain a higher platelet concentration than baseline to optimize healing capacity.