PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP Most Common Questions:
- will it help my condition??
- what does the procedure involve?
- how long is recovery from an injection?
PRP injection (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is a growing treatment option for orthopaedic injuries and conditions. An in-office procedure, platelet therapy is increasingly being used as an alternative to surgery for many conditions.
PRP therapy is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip. The primary use (at present) is for many overuse sports injuries including:
- meniscus tears
- rotator cuff injuries
- chronic plantar fasciitis, knee ligament injuries
- tennis elbow,
- elbow ulnar collateral ligament injuries
- ankle sprains, tendonitis and ligament sprains.
In PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is drawn, separated and re-injected into injured joints and muscles to ease pain. After the injection, your platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing and repair.
PRP recovery time: What can I expect after an injection?
Patients may experience approximately two to three days of being sore and usually are prescribed pain medication. Patients need to rest for a few days or weeks after the treatment to not push the injected tissue too quickly. Typically, pain relief starts to occur within three to four weeks and continues to improve over a period of three to six months following a PRP injection.
Why PRP and not Cortisone?
If successful, PRP generally results in long-lasting relief because the degenerative tissue has started to regenerate or regrow itself. The bioactive proteins stimulate healing and repair. New research shows PRP to be more effective than cortisone injections –which simply mask inflammation and have no healing capabilities.
Cortisone has no healing properties, does not work long term and on occasion can lead to tissue damage.
If you have a sports injury or osteoarthritis and have questions about PRP injections, please ask me in the comments below or contact my orthopaedic office in Fishkill, NY – Hawthorne, NY or in Westchester County, New York.