Knee & Joint Pain Relief

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) + Cortisone Injection Treatments

Accelerate healing of injured or damaged tissue with PRP Injection Treatments. PRP treatments coming soon!

What is PRP?

Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. The use of PRP, derived from the patient’s own blood, promotes healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, naturally, and can also be used to repair damaged skin.

Collect Patient’s Blood

30-60mL of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and is prepared for PRP extraction.

Separate & Extract PRP

Using a centifuge, PRP is separated from the patient’s blood, and extracted for treatment use.

Treat Injury with PRP

The concentrated platelets are injected into the injured area which works to stop inflammation immediately.

Is PRP Treatment Effective?

Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are becoming a more popular option for giving a biological boost to the healing process. PRP treatment has received significant attention from the media and has been used by NFL players and elite athletes from other sports, including Tiger Woods.

Several basic science studies in animal models suggest that PRP treatment can improve healing in soft tissue and bone. For example, increased numbers of cells and improved tendon strength have been noted in Achilles tendon injuries and improved muscle regeneration has been shown in gastrocnemius (calf) muscle injuries.

In a small study involving knee osteoarthritis, PRP treatment was shown to be more effective than hyaluronic acid treatment. PRP can also been shown to achieve positive or similar results when used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries in the knee.

*Individual results may vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

PRP therapy is advised for patients with moderate osteoarthritis in the hip, knee or shoulder or chronic tendonitis in the elbow or ankle. Typically the patient has failed conservative treatment options such as rest, medication, and physical therapy.

• Any one with a cancer (such as prostate cancer or breast cancer), not in remission for at least 5 years

• Certain other malignancies or blood borne diseases that you are being treated for

• Any current infection

• Patients using a high dosage of Coumadin

• Patients with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease

• General procedural contraindication

• Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates

This is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis. Your doctor will determine the number of injections, typically for most cases between 1 to 3 injections.
The cost of PRP treatment varies based on number of injections you receive. Bilateral procedures are offered at a reduced rate if paid together. Insurance companies for the most part won’t pay for PRP therapy. Our financial counselor will work with you to determine if your insurance will pay or if you will need to pay out of pocket for the treatment. Please talk with our financial counselor for more detailed information.
How quickly you can return to your normal activities depends on the condition and body part being treated.

• Injections in the elbow or shoulder are placed in a sling for 48 hours to 1 week or more and then as needed for comfort.

• For the ankle (Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, plantar fascia), you will be required to wear a walking boot for up to two weeks or more. (If the injection is on the right side, you will not be able to drive with the boot on.)

• If you have an injection in your knee for osteoarthritis, you only need to rest for 24 hours and then you can return to your normal activities.If the injection is in your patellar tendon or quadriceps tendon, your knee will be placed in a knee immobilizer for 1-2 days.

• All procedures, except for possibly knee osteoarthritis, will begin therapy 1 week after the injection.

If the injection is in your right knee or ankle, you will not be allowed to drive home. If the injection is located in any other body part, you may drive yourself home after the injection.
Will I need to complete physical therapy?
Yes, the physician will most likely prescribe physical therapy to help you regain your strength, mobility, and function. Typical physical therapy programs last approximately 12 weeks. Your insurance company usually covers physical therapy, but you should call your insurance company to confirm.
Yes, the physician will want to see you back in clinic to check your progress.You will be asked to make a follow up appointment 6 weeks following the injection.
Do not take anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Mobic, Naproxen, Nabumetone, or Diclofenac for 7 days prior to the injection and 6 weeks after the last injection. Pain medication will be prescribed the day of the procedure to be taken as needed. A regular aspirin regimen (81mg/day) is ok. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is allowed.

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