PRP therapy has shown great promise for treating injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. Science is catching up to what traditional healers have known for centuries—that the body is adept at healing itself. Platelet-rich plasma treatment uses injections of concentrated platelets from a patient’s own blood to accelerate healing of injured tissues.
To make platelet-rich plasma, a technician takes one to a few vials of a patient’s blood and runs it through a centrifuge to concentrate blood platelets. The platelets are then mixed with blood plasma to make PRP. When PRP is injected into injured or diseased tissue, the platelets release growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of repair cells your body produces. The whole process, from the time your blood is drawn until the doctor administers the injection, typically takes about an hour. Some doctors use ultrasound imaging during the procedure. This technology allows the doctor to “see” inside your body and guide the injection to the precise site of the injured or damaged tissue.
Most people can continue their daily activities immediately after a PRP injection. In cases where PRP is injected after an injury, it’s best to rest the affected area. You may start to notice improvements in as little as a few days after receiving the injection, but it may take as long as several weeks or months.
We’ve seen promising results using platelet-rich plasma therapy with our patients. PRP treatment can treat a range of conditions, from tendonitis to arthritis pain. We offer PRP therapy for patients throughout Maryland and Virginia.