Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated from your own blood. Your blood is a robust source of healing components, such as white blood cells, and bioactive proteins, such as growth factors and stem cell markers. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair. Platelets were once thought of being responsible for only clotting but have been scientifically proven to be a reservoir of these vital healing component. With advanced technics we are able to concentrate these regenerative healing cells in a simple outpatient setting and accelerate the healing process.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS INVOLVED?
PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so there is little to no risk when conducted by a trained professional. Since the cells are autologous there is no chance of having an allergy or immune reaction. Side effects or complications of PRP application are extremely rare.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
The total process typically takes about less than a half hour. During this time you will be mainly waiting so that the trained medical technicians can process and concentrate the vital components in your blood.
HOW DO YOU OBTAIN PRP?
A small amount of peripheral blood is taken from the patient and placed into a FDA medically approved sterile container.
This disposable sterile container is placed in a specialized centrifuge designed to separate the blood and plasma into ‘layers’ of the primary components and platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Once processing is complete and the PRP is injected into the injured area.
THE HEALING PROCESS
PRP signals for Stem cells and regenerative cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased strength, and improves overall function. This is called the healing cascade which can be active and take place over a 4-6 week period.
LONG TERM OUTCOME
Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over the course of healing time. This procedure may eliminate the need for more invasive treatments, such as surgery or prolonged use of medications. Patients usually report improvement in symptoms and return of function within a week however, the full results may take four to six weeks. Some patients may require two to three treatments (Boosters) before the injured tissues are completely healed and may experience a dramatic return of function and relief.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE?
The anesthetic used to numb the skin generally wears off in 1-2 hours. Mild pain and swelling may occur at the injection site at this time. Majority of the patients are able to return to usual activities with no down time.
WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT SHOULD I NOT DO?
You must be particularly careful not to traumatize the area during this post-treatment time frame. Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Patients can apply ice and elevation as needed. Use the area as tolerated as restricting movement for an extended time can cause stiffening. Movement & massages promote circulation in the area and also assist with healing however, it is recommended to refrain from athletic or strenuous activities for a short time. Your physician will give you specifics concerning your particular case. After a week the you will likely begin a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. Pain medication will be prescribed if needed