Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma TherapyPlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP, is a cutting-edge alternative to surgery for musculoskeletal problems.

A very small amount of blood is drawn from the patient into a sterile tube in the exact same manner as a standard blood sample. The tube containing a patient’s blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets from the other blood components. After a few minutes, the concentrated platelets are removed from the same tube and re-introduced into the patient at the site of the injury. Using a sterile needle, your physician will inject the PRP in and around the injury site. This is all accomplished without using any animal products or other foreign material.

Non-Surgical treatment for unresponsive injuries
Patients who are interested in exploring non-surgical treatment options before resorting to surgery may want to consider PRP. Traditional non-surgical interventions include: Corticosteroid (“cortisone”) injections, oral anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and bracing. In many cases these modalities may not cure the condition, whereupon PRP may potentially be of great benefit.1 Before you can be considered a candidate for PRP, a complete examination must be performed by your treating physician. This will include a physical examination and diagnostic evaluation. Prior to treatment, you may be asked to refrain from taking non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for a week. Following the PRP treatment, some localized soreness may occur, which is typical of any injection. This can be addressed with ice, heat, or elevation as well as with
acetaminophen. Physical therapy may be prescribed.

IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY SAFE?
For over twenty years, PRP has been used in many different fields of medicine including: cardiac surgery, oral surgery, dentistry and periodontal implants, orthopaedics, wound care, sports medicine, neurosurgery, general surgery and cosmetics.1 Research and clinical data show PRP derived from the patient’s own blood is safe, with minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications.2,3 Because the platelets are produced from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission. As with any injection into the body, there is a small risk of infection, however it is very rare.