Tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints can be slow to heal depending on the problem. Platelets have growth factors that may help promote healing.
The goal of platelet-rich-plasma injections is to inject a concentrate of these growth factors into problem areas to promote healing. Studies have shown that platelet rich plasma injections may reduce pain and improve function in various problem areas including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.
How is the procedure done?
Strict aseptic technique is followed. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the layers of blood. The platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is then drawn into a syringe. Under ultrasound guidance, the PRP is injected into the damaged tissue.
30-60ml of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm
Separate the Platelets
The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components.
Extract Platelet-Rich Plasma
Extract 3-6ml of platelet-rich plasma.
Inject Injured Area with PRP
Using the concentrated platelets, the growth factors are increased up to eight times, which promotes temporary relief and stops inflammation.