PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a non-surgical, non-steroidal treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. Platelets are known for their ability to help clot blood, but also release proteins called growth factors that are important for healing soft tissue injuries. PRP is plasma with a higher concentration of platelets, meaning there can be a 5-10 times greater amount of growth factors. Platelets initiate repair and attract other cells to aide in healing and stimulates the bodies own healing process by adding a higher concentrated dose directly into the site of injury or pain.
How is a PRP treatment done?
A sample of blood is drawn in the same way that regular labs are done in the office and placed in a centrifuge to spin and separate platelets from the other components. The concentrated PRP solution is then extracted from the vials and then injected into the point of injury to help strengthen the body’s own natural healing response. PRP provides the necessary components to increase the body’s natural healing response without surgery, drugs, and minimal side effects.
What to expect after an injection?
Like prolotherapy, PRP has minimal down time. However, after the injection you may experience an initial increase in pain in the injured area for a few days and could take up to a couple months before noticing any pain relief. Multiple treatments may be require for complete repair and pain relief depending on the condition.
What conditions does it treat?
Low back pain
Foot and ankle pain
Rotator cuff injuries
Degenerative Disc Disease
Post surgical sites