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Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Rockwell Physical Medicine LogoPlatelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is produced from your own blood. The platelets are the cells in our bodies that contain growth factors, which stimulate the normal wound healing process, e.g. the same way that your skin heals after a scrape. With PRP, you create a supra-therapeutic level of your own platelets (over 500% more platelets than normal blood) so that you heighten the healing of a chronically injured tissue.

In most cases, we need to remove scar tissue from the injured site by performing a ‘percutaneous needle fenestration or debridement’. This procedure allows platelets to work in the injured site. All PRP injections are done under ultrasound guidance to confirm placement of the PRP in the correct tissue.

Is PRP indicated for me?

PRP therapy is indicated for injuries that have failed to heal despite traditional treatment options. It can be performed in any musculoskeletal structure, including muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments all over the body. Some examples include: partial tendon tears, muscle strains, ligament sprains/partial tears, articular cartilage injury, and chronic tendon injuries. Ask Dr. Payne, Dr. Cummings, or our Nurse Practitioner, Annie, if PRP is indicated for you.

How is PRP made?

To prepare PRP, blood is taken from your arm with a special kit similar to a normal blood test. It is then placed in a special centrifugation machine that separates the platelets from the blood in order to be extracted in a concentrated form called PRP. The entire PRP Therapy takes about 45 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

Most patients achieve successful outcomes with only one injection. In some cases, a series of three injections is required to achieve significant results. Each injection is spaced several weeks apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have; however, literature has shown that about 15% of patients do not see improvement with more than three injections and should consider other treatments.

Are there any side effects?

Since your own blood is used, there is no risk for transmitted blood-infections. PRP has a strong antibacterial effect, so risk of local infection is minimal. It is normal to have increased soreness or pain after the procedure for an average of three days.

Will my insurance pay for this treatment?

Since this is a fairly new procedure, most insurance companies have not incorporated it yet to their list of approved procedures and do not consider this to be a reimbursable expense. There are various PRP packages to suit your needs. All packages include the PRP kit, blood draw, centrifugation machine, disposable equipment, ultrasound guidance, and the actual procedure. A splint for support may be indicated in some cases (additional fee).

What are the potential benefits of PRP?

PRP stimulates healing of the injured tissue by activating your body’s natural healing capacity. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive and expensive treatment options such as long-term medication or surgery. In addition, PRP Therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that is done in the clinic; therefore, you go home the same day.

Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions

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  1. Stop anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications 5 days prior to procedure (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, celebrex, etc.). If you have questions, please call our office at 972-771-9844.
  2. In some cases, you may need to stop blood thinners (e.g. Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, etc.) 7 days prior to procedure. You must discuss this with our nurse practitioner, as well as your cardiologist or primary doctor and obtain approval. Other daily medications may be taken normally as directed.
  3. Arrange for a friend or family member to provide transportation for you on the day of the procedure. Post-procedure pain may interfere with your ability to drive.

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  1. We recommend having someone drive you home after the procedure.
  2. Blood thinners (e.g. Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, etc.) may be resumed 24 hours after the procedure.
  3. Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for six weeks after the procedure (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, celebrex, etc.).
  4. Increased irritation in the affected area may occur after your PRP injection. This is part of the healing process. Ice the affected area three to four times per day for 15 minutes for the next three days. You may take Extra Strength Tylenol as needed for pain or the prescribed pain medication.
  5. If you develop fever, persistent redness and swelling at the site of injection, call our office at 972-771-9844 . These may be a sign of infection.
  6. The most important part of the PRP Therapy is that you follow the Post-procedure instructions in order to optimize the healing of the tissue and decrease the risk of causing further injury. Limit any movement of the treated area for the first three days after the procedure. Avoid lifting or any strenuous activity for the first seven days. If a splint was provided, you should wear it during the first 7 days. A post-PRP rehabilitation program will be provided to you to complete with Rockwall Physical Medicine.
  7. On average, sports-related drills are begun at 8 weeks from the procedure and return to play of sports without restrictions usually occurs at 12 weeks from the procedure.

Ready to Get Started?

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to either discuss your treatment options or to get evaluated for this procedure.
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