FAQ’s on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a fairly new technique being introduced to help patients who are having pain symptoms in one or more joints or soft tissue areas. Since the platelets of the blood’s plasma contain a large number of growth and healing factors, this procedure involves separating these from the rest of the blood. The platelet-rich plasma sample is injected into the affected joint or soft tissue area to provide pain relief for the patient to return full function to a joint.
PRP Therapy is a mixture of the body’s own natural ability with a technologic healing boost in order to provide pain relief for the patient and return function to a joint.
What will PRP in Denver treat?
This therapy is primarily used as a means of stimulating the healing process and providing relief for damaged soft tissues or a joint with arthritic damage. This form of treatment is one of many viable alternatives to surgery, and stands as a simple non-invasive procedure that can provide relief for patients. This treatment is proving to be especially useful for those patients who are suffering from tendinitis, commonly seen in patients with tennis or golfers elbow.
PRP Therapy is also making grounds in the treatment of ligament injuries. This is notable since the ligaments of the body have a poor natural blood supply, making the healing process for these injuries lengthy. Injecting platelet-rich plasma around damaged ligagments can provide much needed healing factors and growth hormones, accelerating and often improving the ligament healing process.
How is PRP performed?
This therapy is a simple outpatient procedure that can normally be performed in the
comfort of a clinical office if they have the required blood centrifuge on-hand. To begin with, a sample of the patient’s blood will be drawn. This sample size is no larger than what would normally be drawn for blood work, and is used within the centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood.
Blood that is spun in this fashion will separate into three layers within the test tube, with red blood cells at the bottom, white blood cells and concentrated platelets in the middle, and platelet poor plasma located on top. This middle layer known as the “buffy coat”, is harvested to be used within the injection with the other layers simply discarded as they are unnecessary.
The injection itself is performed with the patient under local anesthetic and has almost no recovery time after it has been performed.
How well does PRP work?
For those patients with arthritic pain symptoms, this therapy can be very effective in providing and maintaining relief within the joint. This treatment is also becoming widely used as the go-to method in the treatment of sports-based joint injuries. PRP therapy has even been backed by three of the major professional sports leagues within the country (the NFL, MLB, and NBA). These organizations state PRP as a reasonable treatment option for those athletes who suffer a musculoskeletal injury.
There have been several small studies performed looking at PRP for knee arthritis and tennis elbow. Both studies showed amazing results for the treatment at helping mitigate the pain from arthritis and avoid surgery for tennis elbow.
What are the risks of PRP?
There is little to no risk involved with receiving this treatment option. With blood used as the injectable, there is no contamination risk posed to the patient (as the blood used is their own). That being said, there is a small risk of infection at the injection site, with a chance of soreness or redness at this site as well.
One result of this therapy that some patients may view as a side effect is an inflammation of the joint that occurs after the injection. While this area is tender for a short while, this inflammation is the natural reaction of the body to an injury and is a physical representation of the surge of healing factors to the injured area. This inflammation will subside within two to three days, but the beneficial effects will be felt for weeks after.
What is the bottom line with PRP?
This is a simple and effective outpatient procedure with very little risk, and is inexpensive when compared to many other treatment options.
The Board Certified pain management doctors in Denver at Colorado Pain offer PRP Therapy. The treatment is cutting edge and offered along with stem cell procedures for arthritis, sports injuries, tennis elbow, achilles and rotator cuff tendonitis.
Call today to find out more about PRP therapy Denver trusts – (720) 306-9575!