Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
Healing after an injury involves a series of events and communication between cells where proteins in the blood act as messengers to regulate the complex process. Dr. Bruce currently offers PRP as a way to increase and expedite the natural healing process.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma is an innovative therapy to accelerate healing. It harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself by utilizing growth factor proteins that are produced by platelets. These proteins are found at any place in your body where healing is occurring, and are vital in directing your own body’s regenerative process. By concentrating platelets into an injection, we can activate and increase your body’s natural healing ability in a specific treatment site.
How do you make my PRP?
Using a small needle, 15 ml of blood is drawn into a specialized syringe. The blood then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire ACP production process is usually done in less than 20 minutes.
Are there any risks?
PRP injections are safe procedures when conducted by a
trained professional. Complications are rare but can include:
- Bleeding, particularly in patients with low platelet count or clotting disorder.
How long is recovery time?
The majority of patients are able to return to usual activities within 1-2 days but some mild pain may be felt for up to 1 week.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma injection covered by insurance?
Though PRP has been used for decades to treat sports medicine injuries, insurance companies do not currently cover the procedure.
What is the post-op protocol for patients?
It is recommended that patients avoid anti-inflammatory medication and ice therapy for 2 weeks after treatment. Patients should rest the treatment site for 3-4 weeks, and resume activity as instructed. Please consult your physician to know the best protocol for your treatment.