Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet rich plasma is a regenerative injection. Platelet rich plasma is a condensed form of blood which is rich in growth and healing factors. In this procedure, patient’s own blood is used to provide those healing factors directly into the injured tissue. It is used to treat various soft tissue injuries.
Is it painful?
Most patients reported a range of discomforts with platelet rich plasma injection. A needle is used to take blood from a vein in the arm at first and then small needles are used to perform the actual platelet rich plasma injection. It is absolutely not painful but may be a bit uncomfortable.
How long does the effect of platelet rich plasma last?
It depends on the condition for which you are being treated. It is not possible to estimate the length of time that effect of treatment lasts. Some patients come back after years and some after months to repeat PRP injection.
Commonly what conditions can be treated with platelet rich plasma?
Most commonly platelet rich plasma is used to treat chronic tendon or muscle injuries that have not healed with physical therapy or chiropractic. Other conditions that can be treated with platelet rich plasma include knee osteoarthritis, UCL tears, rotator cuff injuries, patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow.
Can anyone take PRP injection?
Everyone is not suitable for PRP. Patients with abnormal platelet function, systemic disorders, severe metabolic disorders, chemotherapy, cancer, skin disease are not suitable for platelet rich plasma injection. It is best to consult your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of platelet rich plasma?
Just like any other injection there may be a small risk of infection, bleeding or blood vessel injury. There is rare risk of injury to tendon or ligament during the PRP injection. Temporary side effects include discomfort and running fever.
What is the goal of platelet rich plasma?
The goal of platelet rich plasma is to expedite the regeneration of cells and trigger the self-healing capability of your body.