Platelets and accompanying stem cells are responsible for repair, whether in healing an injury or recovering from surgery. Platelets are found circulating in the blood in relatively small numbers. By concentrating the platelets drawn from your own blood supply, we are able to harness the power of platelets to relieve pain and stop inflammation for numerous clinical disorders and injuries.
Platelet rich plasma injections are replacing traditional orthopedic surgery in many instances for conditions ranging from soft tissue injuries (tendonitis, muscle tears, ligamentous injuries) to various joint afflictions, such as a torn meniscus or mild to moderate arthritis of the joint.
PRP Therapy Injections
PRP therapeutic treatment typically requires two PRP injections into the injured tissue. Each procedure takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. The injections will likely be four to six weeks apart. Occasionally, a third PRP injection may be needed depending upon the severity of the injury or disease.
There are some unique aspects of a PRP treatment performed by Stem Cell Rx. We are one of the few facilities in the world that uses an enhanced PRP solution with growth factors that are injected along with the PRP. These additional growth factors dramatically increase the chances of success. Furthermore, we will enhance the PRP by the process of lysate-modulation.
The methods used to inject the PRP depend on the area being treated. For certain joints, such as the hip, we utilize fluoroscopy, which is live x-ray. In other instances, we utilize ultrasound guidance.
What to Expect After the PRP Injections
The aftercare for most PRP injections is relatively simple. Patients will resume activity at their own pace. The pain from the process typically will last a few days, occasionally longer, and some patients have more severe or sporadic pain than others. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmittable infection and allergic reaction to the treatment.
After the PRP injections, a variety of techniques to help maximize stem cell output from the bone marrow are utilized including the use of supplements, as well as the avoidance of smoking and alcohol intake, which diminish stem cell output. Additionally, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) will be restricted for two weeks after the procedure.
We strongly encourage you learn more about the science of PRP therapy. If you are considering having a PRP procedure done, consult Stem Cell Rx to have a better understanding of the methods being used and have the right questions answered correctly.