PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, is an increasingly popular, non-invasive way to treat chronic joint pain. Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex now offers PRP therapy as another alternative for patients interested in non-surgical options for relief. PRP can be used as a standalone treatment or as an intra/post operative tool to enhance healing.
What is it?
PRP is a natural form of healing in which platelet-rich plasma is injected into the affected area to heal and improve function. Platelets, which are found in blood, contain growth factors that help your body heal injuries. When a patient receives a PRP injection, a high concentration of platelets are released into a single area releasing growth factors that produce a cascade of events: predominantly cell recruitment and maturation of stem cells. The growth factors released by platelets create a chemical reaction that leads to a process of healing. Essentially, it is a means of drawing attention to an area and forcing the body to fix it by stimulating its own natural healing processes.
- Plantar fascia for use of chronic inflammation and pain to strains
- Tears and arthritis
Benefits of PRP:
- Natural healing
- No synthetics
- No side effects
- Minimal down time
- Can get multiple injections
- Safe and readily available
What is the process?
15-30 ml of a candidate’s blood is drawn via venipuncture in the office and is then spun down in a centrifuge to obtain a volume of plasma rich with platelets. This is then injected into the musculoskeletal area of pathology in the office using sterile technique. From start to finish it takes about 20-30 minutes from time of venipuncture to injection completion.
Are there common Complications?
The risk of complication is minimal. There is initial pain due to induced inflammatory response that subsides after a few days. Improved results typically takes several weeks. There is a risk of infection by performing the injection, though great care is taken in preparation and administration to ensure this does not occur.
WHAT TO LEARN MORE?
Schedule a consult with one of Piedmont's orthopaedic specialists to learn more about your options and see if you are a candidate for PRP therapy. Click here or give us a call at 478.474.2114 to get started.