Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
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UW Health Sports Medicine became one of the first clinics in the Midwest to begin offering platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a novel treatment that uses a patient's own "supercharged" blood to heal soft-tissue injuries.
Dentists have used PRP to help graft bone during dental surgery. Physicians have used it with professional athletes to treat acute injuries, but the therapy has only recently made its way into the chronic injury arena. UW Sports Medicine now offers it as an effective treatment for recreational athletes and people with physically-demanding jobs who experience chronic injury.
What are platelets?
Platelets are the first cells to arrive at the site of a new injury, and they are a rich source of growth factors necessary for tissue healing. Once injected into tissue, the platelets become "activated" and release their growth factors. These growth factors have the ability to stimulate tendon and tissue healing, and recruit cells that will eventually form new tissue.
About platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections involve injecting small amounts of plasma (the water portion of blood) and concentrated platelets into areas of ligament, tendon or muscle damage. First, a small amount of the patient's own blood is drawn. The platelets are concentrated in a specialized laboratory device that isolates the platelets from the rest of the blood. Then the concentrated platelets are injected into the precise location of tissue injury by a physician, sometimes using ultrasound guidance to direct the needle.
As with any treatment for pain, responses to therapy vary. The number of injections and appointments varies from patient to patient. While many patients may receive favorable results, there are no guarantees that the procedure will be effective for everyone.
Gentle activity such as walking and stretching is recommended after a brief period of rest and immobilization following the treatment, but heavy lifting and vigorous exercise is to be avoided for the first seven days to allow for proper healing and strengthening. It is important to remember that even if your pain is relieved, it is possible to re-injure yourself with activity that is too aggressive. Patients who utilize complementary treatments, such as physical therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, or other forms of musculoskeletal treatments may experience faster improvement.