PRP Injection Therapy

Venturis PRP Injection Therapy Treatment

 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary treatment used to relieve pain by promoting long-lasting healing for musculoskeletal disorders and conditions. PRP uses the body’s own healing power. This cutting-edge technique has proven successful for treating knee arthritis, shoulder pain, rotator cuff tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, tendonitis, and more.

What is PRP?

PPR is a concentrated platelet solution taken from your own body. We use state-of-the-art equipment to created quality platelet concentrates. The blood is taken from your arm, and concentrated through centrifugation. The solution is then injected into the damaged body structure, joint, or region.

How are PRP injections given?

Certain body structures are best visualized under fluoroscopy. The best outcomes occur when the treatment solution is injected into the injured body region using specific guidance measures. We believe that true recovery occurs when joint integrity, tendon structure, and ligament strength is restored. The injection involves gently inserting a procedure needle into the joint or body structure. Just like other injections, the thick solution is instilled into the body, and the needle is removed.

How does PRP injections work?

When a soft tissue injury occurs, the body’s initial response is to deliver platelet cells to the area. The platelets are packed with healing and growth factors, so they initiate repair of the tissue, attracting the necessary assistance from your body’s own stem cells. PRP therapy works by intensifying the body’s usual efforts. The high concentration of platelets given the body an extra punch, so healing effects are multiplied.

How is PRP solution created?

A nurse will obtain several vials of your own blood from your arm during a venipuncture. The blood is taken to the laboratory, placed in a centrifuge machine (spinning device), and spun at high speeds. The spinning mechanism separates the platelets from white blood cells, serum, red blood cells, and other blood components. The concentrated platelets are then ready to be injected into your body. Because the patient’s own blood is used, there is no risk for reaction or chance of adverse events.

How long does PRP therapy take?

The total procedure time is around two hours at our Venturis clinic, and this includes preparation as well as recovery time. PRP injections are given in the physician’s office. Because most injections are minimal, the doctor only uses local anesthesia to numb the injection site. We recommend you rest the remainder of the day after your injection, and gradually return to activities as tolerated.

How often are PRP injections given?

The precise number of PRP treatment sessions varies, depending on your condition, the type of injury, your ability to heal, and your response to treatment. Expect to receive 2-5 injections, which are spaced 2-6 weeks apart. You generally achieve considerable pain relief and improve function after the second injection.

What results can I expect?

The PRP injection will not give immediate pain relief. The goal of PRP therapy is to heal the body structure, and results are considered long-term. Initial improvement is seen within 2-5 weeks, and the healing progresses gradually. Research studies show that PRP therapy is helpful for returning people to normal activities. MRI, CT, and ultrasound scans are used to assess tissue repair and healing.

Does PRP therapy work?

In a meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled clinical trials, researchers found that PRP injections offered similar effects as hyaluronic acid injections for pain relief and functional improvement. When the injections were used, PRP was more effective long-term for functionality and pain scores regarding knee osteoarthritis.

Resources

Dai WL, Zhou AG, zhang H, et al. (2016). Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Arthroscopy, 33(3), 659-670.



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