PRP Joint Injection
What is PRP Joint Injection ?
PRP, or “platelet-rich plasma” – refers to a concentrated version of blood that is rich with healing and growth factors. PRP can be used for “regenerative” injections; in which a patient’s own blood is used to deliver these healing factors directly to injured tissue, in order to decrease pain and heal certain injuries.
What type of Knee injury or conditions can PRP treat?
Our PRP injections treat multiple conditions such as the following:
- Muscle tears and injuries
- Tendon tears
- and more.
What makes PRP therapy different from traditional knee pain treatments?
Traditional knee pain tends to be treated with an assortment of conservative standards such as:
- Rest, Icing, Elevation
- Anti-inflammatory medicine
- Lifestyle modifications, physical therapy
If these measures tend to be ineffective; invasive procedures are suggested, therefore masking the underlying pain.
New knee pain treatment approach: Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Avoid Surgical Intervention with this minimally invasive treatment to heal knee pain from the inside out.
The procedure is broken down into several steps.
- To begin with, blood is drawn from the body, and then spun using a centrifuge in order to separate your blood into white and red blood cells, plasma, ultimately leading to the extraction of platelets. *(this process only takes about 15 minutes.)
- The plasma created from this process will be used for your treatment.
- We then cleanse and numb the injection site.
- Proceed to inject the platelets into the damaged area of the knee.
* We use ultrasound to ensure accuracy of the injection.
After utilizing PRP therapy, we recommend resting for a few days depending on the condition you had treated. Before you leave your appointment, we will provide you with clear instructions on post-PRP therapy and activity restriction. Patient usually see improvement in the knee within 6 weeks, with positive results ranging from reductions in pain and stiffness, as well as better joint mobility.
How does PRP help relieve knee pain?
Everyone has platelets in their blood. When these platelets are activated, they release growth factors and other molecules. These growth factors promote regeneration-signaling molecules, such as Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and others.
The PRP injection therapy allows the platelets to repair damage and reduce inflammation, which can assist in pain relief.
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Minor bruising or swelling will last about a week. Most patients look presentable and return to work in 2 to 3 days.
Most adult with signs of aging are good candidates. Athletes that have suffered from knee injuries, and those that are active and develop knee pain can benefit from this treatment very well.
PRP injection expenses vary, and are not covered by traditional insurance carriers. The cost may differ depending on your individualized treatment plan. We also have a care credit program available to spread the cost out over a period of time, interest free.
Due to the fact that the injection contains your own blood platelets, it is unlikely that you will experience harmful reactions. Following the treatment, some may experience temporary discomfort around the injection sites, as well as slight pain or inflammation. As with many medical procedures, there are associated risks which should be discussed with your physician prior to undergoing treatment.
Joints typically require a series of 3 injections at 1-2 week intervals. Tendons, depending on severity, typically require 1-3 injections at 2-4 week intervals.