Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a highly-effective, non-operative treatment that utilizes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The treatment involves using concentrated injections of the patient’s own platelets to promote faster healing of damaged tissue in tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
Tendon, ligament, muscle, or joint injuries can be treated with PRP Therapy.
Tendon or ligament injuries can be treated with PRP Therapy, except for complete tears. PRP is also effective for treating painful arthritis joints. Other conditions include
- Knee, hip, and shoulder arthritis
- Ankle sprains
- Shoulder tendinitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fascitis
- Hamstring injury
- Tennis elbow
- Other chronic tendon injuries
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Plasma is the liquid part of the blood. It is combined with platelets and other helpful proteins called growth factors from the patient’s own blood to create PRP. This concentrated substance has the potential to improve signaling and increase the number of cells sent to repair diseased tissue.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Process
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do to prepare for treatment?
Hydrate well 24 hours prior to the procedure, to make blood draw easier. Plan for a period of 1-2 weeks when you can decrease your activity level.
How long will it take to feel the effects of this treatment?
You may feel some pain in the injection site for a few days after the procedure, but this can typically be treated with Tylenol and rest. It usually takes between 2-6 weeks for you to experience steady, gradual improvement after PRP Therapy. During this time, it is recommended to avoid NSAIDS, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and Aleve, which decrease the activity of platelets.
How long does the PRP process take?
The entire PRP Therapy treatment usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. Then, we strongly recommend no physical activity for at least 48 hours to recover from the procedure.
How is PRP different than steroid "cortisone" injections?
Over time, steroid can be harmful to cells inside joints and tendons, leading to further deterioration. PRP works differently, signaling cells to naturally heal damaged joints and tissues. While pain relief may take longer, it usually prevents or delays recurrence of symptoms.
How much does the treatment cost?
According to Scientific America, this procedure can cost anywhere from $500–$2,000. Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of this procedure. At Atchison Hospital, we are happy to currently offer this procedure for $350.
Am I a candidate?
You will need an office visit to determine your treatment options. You may require an x-ray or ultrasound exam to determine if PRP is right for you.