Platelet Rich Plasma
(PRP) Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?

Blood contains small solid components including red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood, however, these platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. These are important for healing injuries.

How is PRP therapy performed?

PRP is typically performed in-office. To develop a PRP preparation, blood must be drawn from the patient. Next, the platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. The increased concentration of platelets is then combined with the remaining blood.

How does PRP treatment work?

Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP may be able to speed up the healing process. In order to facilitate this healing, the damaged or injured area must be treated with PRP. This is performed in one of two ways:

  • Direct PRP Injection – PRP can be carefully injected directly into the injured area using local anesthetic. It may take several weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.
  • PRP During Surgery – PRP can also be used to improve healing after surgery for some injuries. This is done by treating the injured area with PRP during surgery, allowing it to actually be stitched into torn tissues.

How long does PRP therapy take?

The procedure typically takes a few hours, which includes preparation and recovery time.

What conditions can be treated with PRP?

Platelet rich plasma therapy may be used to treat conditions and injuries such as:

  • Chronic tendon injuries
  • Acute ligament sprains and muscle injuries
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip or spine
  • Fractures
  • Pelvic pain and instability
  • Back and neck injuries

Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also be used for cosmetic purposes in order to rejuvenate the face and erase signs of aging.

How often should PRP treatment be performed?

Up to three PRP injections may be given within a six month time frame. Many people gain considerable relief after the first or second injection.

What are the benefits of PRP therapy?

Benefits of PRP treatment include:

  • PRP is packed with growth and healing factors
  • Initiates repair and attracts assistance of stem cells
  • Relieves pain without having to get surgery
  • Need for surgery is greatly reduced through treating the damaged tissues prior to the damage progressing
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Risk of infection or allergic reaction is minimal because your own blood is used

Am I a candidate for PRP therapy?

PRP therapy may be advised for patients suffering from a wide range of conditions and injuries, such as moderate osteoarthritis or chronic tendonitis. Typically, a patient has failed conservative treatment options such as rest, medication, and physical therapy.

Dr. Prabhat Soni is a recognized leader in the field of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Dr. Soni utilizes advanced, concentrated and pure forms of PRP in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients. To learn more about the benefits of PRP therapy or to find out whether you're a candidate for this type of treatment, schedule an appointment today.