Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative procedure that uses components found in the body’s own blood and bone marrow to promote natural healing in certain bone, joint, muscle, and other soft-tissue conditions.
The body’s response to musculoskeletal injuries is to send platelet cells and other beneficial proteins to the damaged area. Platelets are filled with healing and growth factors and are able to start and regulate the repair process. PRP injections accelerate the body’s efforts by delivering a high concentration of platelets and additional growth factors to the damaged areas. They can help to relieve pain and provide faster healing after injury or surgery, and they can also eliminate the need for surgery.
PRP injection therapy can be used to treat many injuries and conditions, including:
- Avascular necrosis in the hip
- Cartilage, muscle, and tendon injuries
- Disc degeneration
- Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow
- Hamstring sprains
- Jumper’s knee
- Ligament injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Poor tissue and bone quality
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendinopathies and tendon ruptures
What Can I Expect With PRP Therapy?
In order to harness and maximize your body’s own healing power, your provider will extract a small sample of blood or bone marrow to be processed. At Tri-County Orthopedics, we use a unique, state-of-the-art technology to separate and concentrate the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from this sample. A powerful, customized PRP formulation will be produced specific to your needs. The PRP will then be injected at the treatment site to start a cascade of cellular reactions to promote healing.
Before and after your injection, you may need to temporarily discontinue use of anti-inflammatory medications. You will also need to stay well hydrated and follow your provider’s specific instructions.
Because PRP uses your own body’s natural properties to treat your injury, significant side effects are uncommon. You may experience some swelling or inflammation around the affected area, which can be alleviated with ice and rest. You may resume normal activities after four to six weeks. Patients often feel pain relief effects by six weeks post injection, and some experience pain relief as early as two weeks post injection.
To schedule your PRP injection or if you have any questions regarding PRP orthobiologic therapy, please call (973) 538-2334 or request an appointment online.