Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma that is enriched with platelets. PRP is a concentrated source of platelets from yourself that research has shown to contain and release growth factors which stimulate the healing process at an accelerated rate.
PRP Injections work by concentrating the number of platelets found in blood by a factor of about 10 times, so you have ten times the normal growth factors present.
Cortisone injections often provide immediate relief but in many cases are only temporary. Repeated cortisone injections can cause weakening and damage to the tissues.
Conversely, PRP injections may not provide immediate pain relief or a reduction of inflammation due to the fact that it takes time for the growth factors in PRP to grow new tissues. However, over time, PRP injections stimulate growth, repairing tissue and providing long term relief.
There are minimal risks and side effects associated with PRP injections; however, some patients may experience infections at the injection site, bleeding, and/or pain or nerve injury as with any injection.
Additionally, patients may experience an increase in inflammation and pain after the injection which is a normal response.
For patients suffering from arthritis or chronic tendinitis, 2-3 treatments are recommended. For acute injuries, 1-2 treatments should suffice to see improvement.
Additionally, age, severity of the injury, and location of the body play a factor in the number of treatments prescribed. Younger patients frequently require less treatments.
There are no limit to the number of treatments that can be given.
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