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 has also resulted in positive or similar results when used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries in the knee.
Frequently Asked Questions
• 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
• 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.
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.