Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Our blood is partly made up of plasma.  It also consists of three main solid components which include the red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets.  Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots.  They also contain special proteins, known as growth factors, which help with our body’s healing process. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a high concentration of platelets and plasma.  A normal blood specimen contains only 6% platelets, while platelet-rich plasma contains 94% of platelets and 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in normal blood, thus greater healing properties

PRP is a relatively new method of treatment for several orthopaedic conditions such as: soft tissue injury, arthritis, and fractures.  PRP injections can help alleviate painful symptoms, promote healing and potentially delay joint replacement surgeries.

Procedure

Dr. Fischer’s assistant will draw about 10 ccs of blood from a vein in your arm. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge machine for about 10 minutes to separate the platelets from the remaining blood components.

The platelet-rich portion of your blood is then injected into your affected area. In some cases, Dr. Fischer may use ultrasound guidance for proper needle placement.

Post-Procedural Care

  • It is normal to feel some discomfort at the injection site for a few days after your procedure.
  • You may use cold compresses to alleviate your symptoms.
  • You will be instructed to stop any anti-inflammatory medications.
  • You may resume your normal activities but should avoid any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or exercises.

Risks and complications

There are very minimal risks associated with PRP injections. Some of the potential risks include

  • Increased pain at the injection site
  • Infection
  • Formation of scar tissue
  • Calcification at the injection site