Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is part of your own blood that contains a higher concentration of platelets. This above-baseline amount is used to prepare the injections used in patients using a technique that adheres strictly to sterile standards. After being separated by centrifuge, the platelets are injected into a particular area of your body.
Benefits of a PRP Injection
This injection stimulates the release of growth factors that then increase the number of your body’s reparative cells. In some cases, imaging via ultrasound is used as a guide during the injection. Clinical studies from respected institutions such as the University of Washington and the University of Rochester have shown that PRP injections have several benefits for patients. They can both improve the function of various areas of your body and relieve the pain associated with a number of musculoskeletal conditions. Conditions that have been improved using PRP injections include:
- sports injuries
- back pain
- chronic tendinosis and tendonitis
- acute muscle and ligament injuries
- neck pain
- knee, hip and shoulder pain
- joint arthritis
A Typical Appointment for PRP Injections
Before getting a PRP injection, you’ll need to schedule a consultation. During this appointment, the medical provider will obtain a thorough medical history and complete a medical examination of you. In addition, you’ll learn more about the PRP injection procedure and have your questions about PRP therapy answered.
On the day that you come in for your PRP injection, your own blood is drawn right there in the office by a nurse. It’s then put into a centrifuge to allow the platelets to be isolated. Once this part of the procedure is completed, the injection site on your body is prepared. First, the area is thoroughly cleaned using an antiseptic wash. A local anesthetic is used so that the area is numb. Using an ultrasound to guide the injection, the PRP solution is inserted into your joints and other bodily structures. The entire process takes about one to two hours to complete.
PRP Injection Recovery Time
Because PRP injections are made from your body’s own blood, the side effects associated with the procedure tend to be minimal. There is typically a recovery period of about two days in which you are encouraged to rest. It is normal to see some swelling at the site of the injection as well as to experience some minor discomfort there.
Though the exact time frame varies depending on the area of your body that’s been treated as well as the extent of your condition or injury, you’ll often notice results within two to eight weeks. Your medical provider can administer a series of two or three PRP injections. You can expect to feel relief from your symptoms for up to six months after you receive your last treatment.
At BackFit Health + Spine, we are excited to offer this inflammatory reducing treatment option for our patients who seek relief from pain and stiffness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation regarding a PRP injection.