PRP Facts & Information
PRP is a next-generation injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- ACL Injuries
- Pelvic Pain and Instability
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Ankle Sprains
- Ligament Sprains
As Regenexx® Network Physicians, our platelet rich plasma procedures incorporate significantly higher blood platelet concentrations and are much more pure than PRP offered at clinics utilizing a simple bedside centrifuge to process blood draws. Our PRP therapy procedures produce the best possible patient results and fewer inflammatory side effects due to the purity of the PRP mixture.
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
- The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells
- Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells
- PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need
- To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process is handled manually by a lab technician, producing higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components
- The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process
- Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The procedure typically takes a couple of hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
How Often Should the Procedure be Done?
This will be discussed between you and your physician. Up to three injections may be given within a six-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
What are the Expected Results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
Is PRP Therapy Right for You?
Living with acute or chronic pain is a daily struggle and finding relief can be challenging. We are here for you. Our highly skilled pain doctors can accurately diagnose your pain and the PRP procedure may be the best treatment option for you. Stop letting pain run your life and get started by seeing if you’re a candidate today!