The body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, but sometimes, it needs a jump-start. That’s what platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is for. With PRP therapy, a doctor essentially extracts platelets (the cells in the blood that coagulate to stop bleeding) and injects them into the part of the body that needs to be repaired, so the platelets can stimulate new tissue growth.
If you have joint pain that never seems to go away, or you need to recover as quickly as possible from an injury, PRP therapy might be able to help you.
PRP therapy isn’t a new procedure, but it didn’t receive much attention until the past few years, when it became popular among some professional athletes seeking solutions for injury-related or chronic pain. The PRP procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour. A small amount of blood is drawn and placed in a vial, which a centrifuge then separates into layers for easy extraction of the platelet-rich plasma. After numbing the target area, we inject the PRP.
Pain may increase significantly in the days following a PRP injection, but it usually subsides within a week or so. People who receive PRP injections tend to notice an improvement in symptoms over time, and repeat injections may be necessary to get the most benefit from this procedure. For conditions such as tennis elbow and patellar tendonitis, PRP injections may be more effective when combined with physical therapy.
If you are struggling with hip pain, joint pain, or chronic pain due to a previous injury, PRP therapy might be the solution you’re looking for. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.