What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma injection. Platelets, which are part of human blood, contain chemicals and proteins called growth factors that are involved in wound healing. The procedure uses blood plasma, including growth factors, from the patient’s own blood to promote healing.
How does it work?
A sample of your blood is taken and processed in order to separate platelets and growth factors. This concentrated solution is then mixed with a buffer and anticoagulant before it is injected back into your injured tissue. In other words, using your own cells to repair your damaged tissues.
What conditions can be treated?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tendon/Ligament Injuries and Sprains
- Patellar Tendonitis
What are the expected results?
The beneficial effects of PRP are often gradual, occurring over the 12-week period after your injection. The full benefit of the treatment occurs at the cellular level, so complete regeneration doesn’t occur immediately. Avoidance of NSAIDs in the weeks following your injection (ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, etc) will allow optimal healing after the PRP injection.
Pre and Post Injection Guidlines
- No corticosteroids for 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure.
- Discontinue anticoagulants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Motrin, and Naproxen for at least one week before procedure and continue to refrain from them until further notice. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay.
- Increase fluid intake and limit caffeine intake in the 24 hours leading up to procedure.
- Do not use ice to reduce inflammation after procedure.
- Keep joint immobilized in a boot/brace if instructed to do so.
- Continue to rest and avoid strenuous activity for several days following the injection.
Scheduling PRP Injections
- You can call the office or schedule an appointment at check-out with one of our physician assistants.
- The cost of PRP injection is $500 (not covered under most insurance policies).
- You will then follow up in 6 weeks for re-evaluation after receiving your injection.