During platelet-rich plasma treatment, the patient’s own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge machine where the platelets are separated and concentrated. This results in a PRP solution that contains up to 10 times more platelets than that typically found in blood. With its super-charged healing capabilities, platelet-rich plasma can be used to treat a number of orthopedic conditions, including:
- Joint arthritis (knee, shoulder, hip, thumb, or spine)
- Injured tendons like rotator cuff tendon, Tennis elbow, and Achilles tendon
- Ligament sprains in the wrist, ankle, or sacroiliac joints
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerated discs, mild spinal stenosis, and sciatica
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
When it comes to platelet-rich plasma treatment, one size does not fit all. Several factors can influence the success rate of treatment:
- The patient must receive an accurate diagnosis.
- Image guidance with ultrasound or fluoroscopy (x-ray) for targeted delivery to the injured tissues is necessary.
- The PRP formulation must be customized to the specific injury being treated.
- The initial injury severity must be considered.
When administered appropriately and in the right formulation for the specific injury, most patients begin to experience results within four to eight weeks after platelet-rich plasma treatment. About 10% of patients will feel relief within days.
PRP treatments are performed on an out-patient basis in the physician’s office. There is no need for hospitalization or lengthy rehabilitation. The entire procedure takes less than an hour and patients may typically resume normal activity within days.