1. What happens after an injury?
Following an injury, your body undergoes a series of reactions and events to incite healing. This series involves proteins, cells, and is regulated by a messaging system.
Your blood has 3 different cell types: Red Blood Cells (RBCs) which carry oxygen, White Blood Cells (WBCs) help fight infections, and Platelets (Plts) which form clots and help healing. When an injury happens platelets activate and group at the site. Once grouped together they release proteins, and initiate the healing process.
2. What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Taken from your own blood, PRP is a concentration of platelet cells and proteins that stimulate healing and growth. The combination of the platelets and the growth factors are called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP.
3. What does the process of PRP require?
During the office visit, we will draw your blood. From that blood draw, a machine will spin the tube down to separate the platelets and growth factors from the rest of the blood. The PRP is that remaining portion and set aside.
The area to be injected will be cleaned and the skin numbed. The PRP will then be injected, using ultrasound guidance, into the area of interest using sterile technique.
This entire procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
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4. Am I a candidate for PRP?
Speak with Dr. Brown and her team to see if PRP is a treatment option for you. After a thorough in office evaluation reviewing your examination and imaging, Dr. Brown can best assess if you are a candidate for PRP. Ability to obtain treatment is dependent on multiple factors, including if you are on blood thinners, anti-inflammatories medications, or had a recent steroid injection.
PRP has been successful in treatment for knee arthritis, acute ligament and tendon injuries, and chronic tendon injuries.
5. Does insurance pay for PRP?
Unfortunately, many insurance carriers do not cover PRP. However, you can use flexible spending accounts for payment.
Please contact Dr. Brown’s office to identify if your carrier covers PRP. If not, our office will work with you to ensure that you obtain this treatment if indicated for your complaint.
6. Are there risks associated with PRP?
PRP uses your body’s biology to help heal your injury. Dr. Brown and her team will review risks within your specific case during your visit.