Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are an effective way to help treat sports injuries of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints. They have also been shown to help with treating arthritic joints. During the procedure, the patient’s blood is drawn and then inserted into a centrifuge that separates the blood into its components. The physician then isolates the concentrated platelets, which aid in the body’s natural healing process. The Physician then injects these platelets back into the patient at the site of injury using the image guidance of an ultrasound.
How safe are PRP injections? PRP injections are a very safe option to treat injuries. This is a non-operative, minimally invasive method that has been proven effective. There are minimal side effects and PRP is a safer option compared to corticosteroid injections as there is no tissue breakdown.
What are the Risks and Possible Complications? Although no significant adverse effects have been reported from PRP, patients should be informed that they may experience temporary local discomfort or pain, lasting up to a week following an injection.
Am I a candidate for PRP treatments? PRP treatments can be used to treat a wide array of injuries. This out-patient procedure has been demonstrated to aid in treatment of rotator cuff repairs, osteoarthritis, sports injuries of the ligaments/tendons/muscles, tennis elbow, ACL complications and more. Dr. Cormier is an expert at determining if PRP injections are the appropriate method for an individual’s injury and it is best to meet with a professional to determine if PRP is right for you.
How long does a PRP procedure take? The PRP procedure is an out-patient treatment that usually takes about an hour depending on the severity of the injury.
How often will I need to get PRP treatment? Depending on the injury a typical treatment is only one injection and for more severe injuries a repeat injection is considered 6 weeks later. A specialist can determine the need and time that is appropriate based on the patient’s injury.