PLATELET-RICH PLASMA OR PRP THERAPY

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is a next-generation, non-surgical treatment that uses the body’s natural healing process to restore optimal function and provide long-lasting pain relief.

 

A truly personalized medical procedure, platelet-rich plasma is derived from a patient’s blood and concentrated prior to injection. PRP uses five to ten times the number of platelets found in blood to help stimulate and optimize healing. Ortho Stem Center utilizes the latest technology in PRP preparation.  Different PRP preparation methods result in different growth factor release and leukocytes. By employing the Arthrex Angel system, we maximize the role of PRP in inflammatory responses.

Conditions Treated

Our orthopedic specialists use PRP treatment for conditions affecting the shoulder, elbow, and knee. They also use PRP to treat chronic injuries, sprains, and strains, such as:

 

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis and tears

  • Subacromial and subdeltoid bursitis

  • Labral tears (SLAP)

  • Biceps tendon pathology

  • Shoulder (glenohumeral) arthritis

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint pathology

  • Chondromalacia and osteochondral defects

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)

  • Olecranon bursitis

  • Elbow arthritis

  • Triceps tendonitis

  • Meniscal tears

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains

  • Quadriceps and patellar tendonitis

  • Knee arthritis

Treatments Supported By Evidence-Based Science

Following PRP treatments, many patients, including those who participate in regular athletic or other physical activity, return to their activities with little or no pain.

 

PRP has been shown to effectively treat chronic injuries and is linked to enhanced healing capabilities in patients.

 

Treatment And Recovery

At Ortho Stem Center, PRP treatments typically take less than one hour to complete. We draw your blood and process it to separate the platelets from the blood. We inject the resulting concentrate, or PRP, directly to the affected area. Our expert team helps to ensure proper placement and successful results.   Patients may experience two to five days of soreness after the treatment, but most start to see improvement within four to six weeks.

More Tips

Keep the injection site clean and dry. Do not use ice on the injection site. You may experience swelling and bruising. You may use Tylenol as needed, but do not take more than 3,000 mg of Tylenol in 24 hours. Do not use Tylenol if you have liver pathology or your PCP directs you otherwise.

 

For 1 week before and 2 weeks after your injection, do not use aspirin, unless otherwise directed by your primary care physician or cardiologist. In addition, do not use NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Voltaren, Mobic, Daypro, Feldene, Lodine, Orudis or Ansaid).

More Information

We encourage scheduling a consultation to determine if this therapy is right for you.

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