PRP Can Help:
Knee Pain & Arthritis
Shoulder Pain & Injuries
What is PRP and Why do I want it?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is the liquid gold of the blood that contains vital stem cells and all-important growth factors to help rejuvenate the joint, restore cartilage, and heal damage. It can effectively restore joint, tendons and ligaments to reduce or eliminate pain. The procedure requires little to no down time and takes less than 1 hour. It is an incredible way to permanently reduce pain.
The procedure is a safe and affordable alternative to cortisone injections, pain medications and joint replacements.
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What does PRP therapy stand for?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. The process of creating PRP involves separating the red blood cells from the plasma of your own blood. This process concentrates the bodies natural healing substances. We then take that concentrated, healthy plasma and inject it directly into the injured joint, tendon, or ligament. This allow the bodies natural healing process to occur in structures that no longer have blood supply such as tendons and ligaments.
How much does PRP cost?
The cost of PRP is directly related to the quality of equipment used to get the highest concentration of plasma possible. Think of the difference between a McDonald's Cheese Burger and a rib-eye from Ruth's Chris Steak House. They are both beef, but one is very superior to the other. At Littleton PRP we use a centrifuge that results in platelets at 7x concentration. Our treatments vary in price based on location and application. We also offer multi-joint or multi-treatment discounts. Please call 720-371-1662 for more information.
Are the injections painful?
PRP injections are a minimally invasive medical procedure and tend to be not painful. Any small amount of pain following the procedure can be managed with over the counter Tylenol. It is important when using over the counter painkillers, to avoid using NSAIDS (such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Alleve).
How is PRP created?
The creation of Platelet Rich Plasma at Littleton PRP is simple, painless and quick. The process involves taking your own blood just like at a routine blood draw. We then take your blood and place it in a centrifuge that separates the red blood cells from the PRP. The red blood cells are discarded and the highly concentrated platelet rich plasma is used in the procedure. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and is done completely in office!
Why Use PRP Injections?
Platelet injections are an alternative to surgery. Ideal candidates would be those who prefer a less invasive option to surgery or those who are unable to undergo a surgery. It also allows for a much quicker recovery period and is much less painful than a surgery.
It is important that patients considering this therapy find a doctor with experience in these types of injections. It is more likely to have a favorable outcome if the doctor administering the injections is experienced and skilled.
Are there risks associated with PRP injections?
PRP therapy is extremely low risk. The benefit of PRP therapy done at Littleton PRP is that we use your own blood, therefore, there is no risk for allergic reaction to the injection. However, anytime you place a needle into the body you run the risk of infection, bleeding and nerve damage. These risks are very rare. There are additional risks associated with the area being treated. If you have any questions about risks associated with your specific condition, please consult with the doctor.
When can I expect to start feeling better?
When you body heals the way it is designed to, it takes time. You can expect to start feeling the benefits of PRP therapy anywhere form 4 to 8 weeks after the procedure. We recommend protecting the injection site joint or tissue for 2 weeks following the procedure. After that initial rest period, we recommend starting strengthening exercises from 2-4 weeks.
What is the difference between stem cell and PRP therapy?
Stems cells and PRP therapy are both great options for regenerative medicine. There are some major differences though. Stems cells have the ability to grow and differentiate into the necessary cells to start the healing process. PRP contains 7 various growth factors that attract stem cells, blood vessels, and new tissue to grow in that area.
Another significant difference is the cost of the procedure. Neither option is currently covered by insurance. PRP injections at Littleton PRP range from $800-$1100 per injection site. Stem cells can cost 4-10 times as much as PRP injections.
Is there any Patient who would Not Be a Good Candidate for PRP?
Patients with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or those with an active cancer are not recommended to be administered PRP.
Why will PRP therapy help my tendons heal when they don’t heal on their own?
This study published in 2008 says it best, “The poor regenerative ability of tendons, explained by the poor vascularity, oxygenation and nutrition of this tissue, cannot cope with the applied forces and chronic degenerative tendinopathy may develop.” In fact, you lose blood supply to these tissues in your early twenties. The overall metabolic activity of tenoblasts decreases with age, most likely slowing the reparative ability of a tendon."1 This means that tendons and cartilage lack the sufficient infrastructure to heal on their own. PRP provides the necessary "equipment" to get the job done.
I'm over 60. Are my platelets still good?
Yes. When you age your platelets do not become less potent. The reason our joints age is because we lose blood supply and the ability to heal the joints at a very young age. PRP is highly effective at any age, allowing the joints to heal again.
How long does PRP last?
Unlike most other treatments, PRP does not have an "effective period." Treatments such as cortisone, a common anti-inflammatory, will stay within the joint for 1-6 months before wearing off. As PRP is not a band-aid, it is truly repairing the damaged tissue. It will be effective until the tissue is worn down or damaged again.