What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a substance that comes from your own blood. Each milliliter contains approximately a billion platelets which act as growth factors to heal damaged tissue and restore functionality to the joint. It is derived by taking a small sample of blood and using a centrifuge to obtain just the platelets rich portion. The PRP portion is then injected back into the joint. The procedure is ideal for joint damage due to overuse, exercise, and age. It can be done in all joint of the body and is a safe an effective alternative to pain-killers, cortisone shots, and surgery. 

Treatment

After the doctor has determined that you are a candidate for care, you are now ready to receive PRP. It is a easy and safe procedure with few side effects.

Steps:

  1. Take a small blood sample

  2. Separate the PRP cells from the other blood cells

  3. Inject the powerful PRP cells back into the joint 

  4. Let the healing process begin

The process generally takes less than an hour. You may notice some mild swelling or tenderness around the injection site for several days following the procedure, but most report the discomfort as mild. 

Typically people begin to see results within 4-6 weeks and the healing will continue for the next 6 months. At that time the tissue will be permanently restored. 

Consultation

At your first visit we will discuss your history as well as go over what PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is and if you may be a candidate for PRP treatment. We will also answer any questions you many have about PRP. If you are a candidate for treatment we can get you scheduled for treatment at that time. 

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