What is a PRP Injection?
The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other components in our blood supply to migrate to the site of injury. Under normal conditions, these platelets release a variety of factors that initiate and subsequently promote healing. New advances in medicine have been developed to harness and concentrate these platelets to be precisely introduced to the injury site in an injectable form. The implantation of these platelets from a small amount of the patient’s own blood has the potential to “supercharge” the body’s capacity for healing.
How is PRP created?
In order to prepare PRP, blood is taken from the patient. The components within the blood are isolated to produce the PRP through a separating process in a machine called a centrifuge. The entire process takes about 15-20 minutes. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon, joint, or ligament as well as causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. This is all accomplished without using any animal products or other foreign material.
Does it Work?
Many patients will see an improvement in symptoms. Patients may experience more pain the first 1-2 weeks after the injection. This in a normal reaction and part of the inflammation that triggers the healing process. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long- term medication or surgery, as well as a return of function.
PRP is a boost to the body’s own healing process and should be viewed as such. It is not a cure for disease or for a “worn-out” joint.
Here are some current research articles that discuss PRP:
- Meheux CJ, McColloch PC et al. “Efficacy of Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systemic Review”. Arthroscopy. 2016 Mar:32(3):495-505
- Arirachakran A, Sukthuayat A et al. “Platelet-rich Plasma versus steroid Injection in lateral epicondylitis: systematic review and network meta-analysis”. Journal of Orthopedics and Traumatology. 2015. Sept 11.
- Halpern B, Chaudhury S et al. “Clinical and MRI Outcomes After Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis” Clin J Sport Med. 2013;23(3):238-239.
Areas of Treatment
PRP injections can be performed in arthritic joints, injured muscles, tendons and ligaments all over the body. Some examples include:
Articular cartilage injury
Acute tendon rupture
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require a series of 1 to 3 injections. Each injection may be spaced several weeks to a few months apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have: the risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
If you have a joint, tendon, or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. Your doctor will determine to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
WHAT is the COST?
The first office visit IS COVERED by insurance, and will be a history and physical. We will discuss the process, and get the consent for the procedure.
We will then schedule you for a second visit for the actual injection. This visit is NOT covered by insurance, and will be about 1 hr long. You will need to pay up front for the injection. Contact us at our Raleigh, NC office to inquire about our PRP injection pricing.
About us: Our Philosophy…
At Wake Sports Medicine we focus entirely on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to relieve knee pain, promote healing, rehabilitate, and prevent future injuries. We also strongly feel that the key to a long and healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and we make every attempt to return patients to the recreational and competitive activities that they enjoy.
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