Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, are special blood cells that are naturally rich in tissue growth factors and are involved in injury healing. These platelets can be extracted by a PRP doctor from a patient’s own blood, concentrated, and then injected into injured ligaments, tendons and joints to stimulate and accelerate the natural repair process.
PRP Injections for Injuries and Arthritis
PRP treatments can be used to treat ligament and tendon injuries that have failed other conservative treatments, including: Rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, muscle strains, knee sprains, plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains. Many professional athletes and performing artists have used this treatment to speed recovery from musculoskeletal injuries. Platelet rich plasma injection therapy can also be used to treat arthritis.
Choosing a PRP doctor that has experience in orthopedics can be beneficial because they specialize in injuries or disorders of the skeletal system, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Therefore, an orthopedic doctor can determine where the injection needs to be administered to maximize the chance of recovery. Dr. Carter has almost a decade of experience with platelet rich plasma and other regenerative medicine procedures and she is an active member of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine.
PRP can be performed in the office with or without ultrasound or x-ray guidance, depending on the area being treated. Blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge that separates the platelets from the red blood cells. The concentrated platelets are then used for treatment. The injured area is first anesthetized with an anesthetic before the actual injection is performed. Typically 1-3 treatments are necessary. The success rates are reported to be in the 80-85% range depending on the condition being treated. Some patients experience complete, permanent relief. To maximize the benefits of treatment and to help prevent re-injury, a specially-designed exercise program is incorporated into your treatment. This also helps newly developed connective tissue mature into healthy and strong tendons or ligaments.
Not all marketed PRP devices and techniques are equal. Proper FDA cleared devices should only be used to ensure proper platelet harvesting. If the platelets are not collected in a sterile, anti-coagulated state with the proper concentrate and pH (acidity level), the PRP sample may not be viable and fail to aid in tissue healing. Proper image-guided techniques should also be used when indicated.
Dr. Carter offers complimentary monthly group platelet rich plasma information sessions. These sessions do fill quickly so contact our office to reserve your spot today.