Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

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What is Platelet  Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelets  are best known for their  importance in clotting blood but they also  contain proteins called growth factors which are important in  the healing of injuries. PRP, otherwise known as Platelet Rich Plasma, is a concentration of platelets and growth factors  from your own blood.

PRP is a relatively new technique used to help aid  in the recovery of soft tissue  injuries, arthritic conditions, and tendons, ligaments, and cartilage disorders. Packed with growth and healing  factors, the goal of the therapy is for the platelet to initiate repair and recruit cells  to the site of the injury.

How is PRP obtained?

  • First blood is drawn (60cc)
  • Blood is then spun in a centrifuge where platelets are separated from other blood components to increase their concentration
  • Concentrated  platelets are then re-suspended into a fraction of the plasma from the centrifuge process

How is PRP used to heal my injury?

  • Once PRP is obtained, it is drawn up into a syringe for injection
  • Using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Patel will  determine the area needing repair and inject the PRP into that area
  • You will be sent home  with an ice pack, and will be free to resume daily activities  What should I expect after the injection?
  • You may be numb  in the area(s) treated temporarily. Refrain from strenuous activity during this time. Once  anesthesia wears off  you can resume normal activity as tolerated
  • You may experience  some pain and soreness for 2-7  days; refrain from taking anti – inflammatory medications for 2 days after the procedure

What conditions are PRP used for?

PRP is widely used in patients who have an area of mild to moderate tissue degeneration.

Dr. Patel uses PRP for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:

      • Osteoarthritis
      • Tendinitis
      • Soft tissue strains/sprains

How Long Until I Notice Results?

– You may experience the ‘roller coaster’ syndrome where your symptoms may improve, and then  begin to appear again. The  fluctuation is normal during  the healing process.

– The platelets are active for 4-6 weeks and can take up to 6-8 months for normal collagen to form and  regeneration to occur. However,  patients typically experience an improvement in symptoms within 6 weeks to  3 months after treatment

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