Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of several cutting edge regenerative medicine treatments that can help your body heal. Quadruple board-certified pain management physician John Bissell, MD, delivers ultrasound-guided PRP injections in-office at Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. PRP injections can promote healthy tissue growth, reduce pain, and improve function. For more information about PRP therapy, call Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or schedule an appointment online today.
One of a range of regenerative medicine therapies, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), is an injectable product made from your blood. Platelets facilitate the clotting process when you hurt yourself and deliver growth factors that begin repairing your tissues.
PRP uses a concentrated dose of platelets to introduce significant growth factors to an area of tissue damage. The extra growth factors give your body's natural healing power a boost that ensures more comprehensive healing.
PRP is a valuable treatment for soft tissue damage that isn't healing properly –– sometimes a problem with sports injuries. PRP is also effective for joint pain and other conditions where healing is impaired.
One of PRP’s benefits is that you're receiving your own tissue to promote healing within your body, and PRP is inexpensive compared to surgery.
Once Dr. Bissell diagnoses your condition and determines that it has a good chance of responding well to PRP, he schedules you for the procedure.
Your PRP treatment takes about an hour. Dr. Bissell or a team member draws some of your blood –– typically around 60 ml or six normal size test tubes. They then place the blood into a centrifuge –– a device that spins the blood for 15 minutes.
After the blood separates, there's between 3-10 ml of plasma (the clear fluid in your blood) that contains most of the platelets. This platelet-rich plasma goes into your injection with a local anesthetic.
Using ultrasound technology, Dr. Bissell locates the problem areas and injects your PRP into the tissues. You can take a light sedative with the local anesthetic if you wish.
Pain and soreness are your guides when considering resuming normal activities. Most patients experience mild to moderate soreness after PRP therapy, which might persist up to a week.
If the activity you're engaging in causes pain and increases the level of soreness you're experiencing, you should stop for the time being.
Dr. Bissell recommends taking two weeks off from playing sports following a PRP injection. This gives the tissues the best chance of full healing. You can then increase your activity levels for the next two weeks until you're back to full participation.
To find out more about PRP and how you could benefit from this safe, effective therapy, call Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or book an appointment online today.