Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP): Everything You Need to Know
What is PRP?
PRP is blood plasma enriched with platelets that contain growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue.
How is PRP done?
PRP is an outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour. Blood is drawn in centrifuge for 15 minutes to separate out the platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the damaged portion of the tendon or cartilage with the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The enriched platelets repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles.
Does PRP hurt?
For a few days after the procedure, most patients feel some pain. But pain will lesson gradually each day.
What is the recovery time for PRP?
Patients are put on a program of rest followed by physical therapy for six weeks. Exercise can be done during this time, but must be limited to activities that do not impact the treated area.
When can I expect results after a PRP treatment?
Around two to six weeks, gradual improvement begins. Some patients continue to see improvement six to nine months after the initial procedure.
What injuries is PRP used to treat?
Any tendon or ligament injury, excluding tears may be treated by PRP such as rotator cuff injuries, achilles tendon injuries and tennis elbow.
PRP and Sports
The following athletes, among others, have used PRP successfully:
- Golf champ Tiger Woods
- Basketball’s Kobe Bryant
- Hines Ward, all-pro NFL wide receiver and Super Bowel XL MVP
- Tennis pro Rafael Nadal
- Baseball major leaguer Bartolo Colon
Think PRP might be right for you?
Contact us to learn more about how platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) could help you.