Joint and Tissue PRP injections
What is PRP in joints or tissue?
- PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and is used to stimulate the growth and healing of tissues and bone.
- It is an FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure that is a less invasive and less costly alternative to surgery.
How does it work?
- Blood is made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.
- Platelets contain healing proteins called growth factors that signal the body to initiate a healing response.
- The patient's blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge,which spins the blood around for 15 minutes to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood.
- Once the platelet-rich plasma has been extracted, the doctor uses an ultrasound machine to guide the injection of the PRP into the damaged portion of the tissue or joints.
- PRP therapy is an out-patient procedure that takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
When is PRP recommended?
PRP is recommended for patients suffering from chronic pain where damaged tissues, tendons or bones can be repaired to alleviate pain and increase range of motion.
PRP can be used to treat shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, ankle and back pain.
What is an Intradiscal PRP Injection?
- PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma in which patient's own blood is used to treat the painful condition.
- PRP releases a high concentration of growth factors and even stimulates stem cells to bring about healing of damaged and degenerated tissues
- It is a popular treatment of injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and is now being explored for its use in discogenic pain.
- PRP is an FDA approved, minimally invasive and less costly option compared to surgery.