What is PRP? Platelet-Rich Plasma
Oct 18, 2021
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of the many exciting treatment options that we offer at Arvada Sport and Spine group. There are many different conditions that respond well to PRP therapy including, rotator cuff/shoulder problems, knee pain, hip pain, elbow pain, injuries to tendons and ligaments. A few weekends ago Dr. Welling and NP Karin went to Chattanooga, TN to learn more about the technique and wanted to share some information about the treatment process.
PRP is derived from your own blood. After your blood is drawn, the blood is placed in a centrifuge to concentrate the different components. The centrifuge separates the blood into red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. Within the plasma are platelets, which not only help with clotting, but contain growth factors that trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration, all vital for healing. By separating out the platelets from the red blood cells, we can concentrate them in the plasma, creating platelet-rich plasma.
THE PRP INJECTION
Using an ultrasound machine, the PRP is then injected to the target area, such as a shoulder, knee, or tendon. With the ultrasound, we can specifically inject the PRP into the injured area and ultimately, can accelerate healing.
DOES PRP WORK?
In short, YES! There are numerous studies that demonstrate PRP has significantly improved outcomes for musculoskeletal injuries including epicondylitis (tennis/golfer elbow), osteoarthritis, as well as acute and chronic tendon injuries (tendonitis and tendinosis).
IS PRP SAFE?
The best part about PRP—it is very safe. The two main adverse events reported are pain and stiffness.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT PREVENTS ME FROM GETTING PRP?
PRP is contraindicated in anyone with a recent (within the last 2 years) history of leukemia or lymphoma. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medication (think ibuprofen), you will need to stop taking this medication 2 weeks before the procedure and for at least 1 month after to help support your body’s natural healing process.
HOW DO I KNOW IF PRP IS RIGHT FOR ME?
To find out if PRP might help to heal your injury and decrease your pain, set up a consultation today with our Nurse Practitioner Karin.