PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP injections have been used to treat many different orthopedic issues. There are many misconceptions about what PRP is and what it can do.
PRP Most Common Questions:
- will prp help my condition??
- what does the procedure involve?
- how long is recovery from a prp injection?
PRP injection (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is a growing treatment option for many orthopedic injuries and conditions. These injections are an in-office procedure. The entire procedure from start to finish generally takes 30 minutes or so. The risks of PRP injections are very low because you are receiving your own blood. We do not add any medications to the PRP injection.
Will PRP work for my injury?
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 an injection. The recovery time frame varies depending on what we are treating. Sometimes arthritic joints respond much faster to these injections than a patient being treated for tendonitis.
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.