Activated Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Plus
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:
- 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