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Platelet-Rich Plasma

PRP Joint Injections

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What is plasma and what are platelets?

Plasma is the golden liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are red blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.

Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process.

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and what are PRP injections?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to be injected into the direct area to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a specialized centrifuge to concentrate the platelets (PRP). These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.

FOR THE AGING ATHLETE

Older athletes are more likely to injure themselves than younger athletes doing the same activity. This is true regardless of conditioning or skill level. PRP and Medi-Spa is experienced in treating athletes of all skill levels, ages and specialties. Whether you’re a football player or boxer who has taken years of impact, or a tennis player who has damage due to repetitive motion, or even a yoga practitioner who has spent years shifting their weight in unconventional ways – we can help ease your pain in a way that is right for you, your needs, and your preference and beliefs. Our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that you can continue the active lifestyle you love.

Joints meet your breakthrough treatment! Become Healthier and More Active!

 

Have other conservative treatments failed?

 

Looking for a more natural alternative to address your joint issues?

 

Best for chronic ligament, tendon or joint injuries, PRP may be the treatment for you.

Regenerative medicine for your orthopedic needs.

The treatments can be customized to meet your specific orthopedic needs in the areas of discomfort you are experiencing. Knee ailments, hip, tennis elbow, these are a few of the areas that PRP treatment may help you see significant improvements with respect to your symptoms associated with orthopedic joint ache relief. A safe and lasting treatment which may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments later.

In recent years, doctors have learned that the body can heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is what the PRP & Medi Spa has been doing since 2013. We facilitate those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.

Video: How do platelet-rich plasma injections work?

PRP & Medi Spa treats all sorts of injuries. Some of the more common ones that we see are:

  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • ACL injury
  • Tendonitis, De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Sacral Iliac joint pain and injury
  • And MUCH, MUCH , MORE!

 

 

​Platelet Therapy FAQs:

Does PRP really work?
Yes. Much research has gone into the development of PRP based procedures.
How do I know if I am a candidate for PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is advised for patients with moderate osteoarthritis in the hip, knee or shoulder or chronic tendonitis in the elbow or ankle, and others. Typically the patient has failed conservative treatment options such as rest, medication, and physical therapy.
Who is NOT a candidate for PRP therapy?
  • Anyone with a cancer (such as prostate cancer or breast cancer), not in remission for at least 5 years
  • Certain other malignancies or blood borne diseases that you are being treated for
  • Any current infection
  • Patients using a high dosage of Coumadin
  • General procedural contraindication
  • Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates
What is the cost of PRP therapy?

The cost of PRP treatment may vary depending on the area being treated.  Insurance companies, for the most part, will not pay for PRP. This is generally paid for out of pocket.

How long do I have to wait to return to my normal activities?
  • How quickly you can return to your normal activities depends on the condition and body part being treated.
  • Injections in the elbow or shoulder may be placed in a sling for 48 hours to 1 week or more and then as needed for comfort.
  • For the ankle (Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, plantar fascia), you will be required to wear a walking boot for up to two weeks or more. (If the injection is on the right side, you will not be able to drive with the boot on.)
  • If you have an injection in your knee for osteoarthritis, you only need to rest for 24 hours and then you can return to your normal activities. If the injection is in your patellar tendon or quadriceps tendon, your knee may be placed in a knee immobilizer for 1-2 days.
  • Most procedures will begin therapy 1 week after the injection.
How long does it take PRP to “work”?
PRP does not offer quick pain relief. Pain gradually subsides as the injured tissue repairs and pain-relieving factors activate. This can take weeks or months, but when successful, the effect is lasting. If relief is not enough at 3 months, a second injection may be performed. Maximum effects are usually seen at 6-9 months. Some knee joints may require 2 injections in closer succession.
How soon can I return to normal and athletic activities?
Most patients can return to work the day following the procedure unless they are 1 in 10 that has a post-injection flare. In that situation, the patient may need an extra day off work. Return to athletic activity depends on the type and site of injury. Most chronic tendon injuries that have failed to respond to any other type of treatment will generally take quite several weeks to heal. Injections into joints and acute muscle injuries respond a bit sooner.
Are there any side effects or complications of PRP?
No serious complications have been reported related to PRP. Like any injection, there is a risk of infection, or damage to a nerve or blood vessel. However, there is not a risk of adverse reaction to the platelets the way there is to a medication (ex. corticosteroids).
What are the side effects of commonly used cortisone injections (alternative treatment)?
Cortisone injections have been widely used over many years to treat sports injuries and arthritis. Unlike PRP injections, cortisone injections allow only inflammation and pain to settle down and they do not induce healing. Hence, in many conditions the pain will recur due to lack of healing. Steroid injections have potential complications such as skin atrophy, discoloration, weakening and rupture of the tendon where injection is given, joint deterioration and infection, among others.
Can I drive home after the PRP injection?
If the injection is in your right knee or ankle tendons, you should bring a driver. If the injection is located in any other body part, you may drive yourself home after the injection.
Do I need to schedule a follow up appointment?

Yes, Dr. Robert Berberian will want to see you back in clinic to check your progress. You will be asked to make a follow up appointment approx. 6 weeks following the injection.

Can I take my normal medication(s) before and after the injection?
Do not take anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Mobic, Naproxen, Nabumetone, or Diclofenac for 7 days prior to the injection and several weeks after the last injection. Pain medication will be prescribed the day of the procedure to be taken as needed. A regular aspirin regimen (81mg/day) is okay. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is allowed.
What is the “typical” response to PRP treatment?

Research and clinical experience suggest that PRP can successfully treat pain from chronic degeneration and tears of tissue tendons, and pain from mild-moderate joint articular cartilage degeneration. It is important to understand that PRP isn’t a miracle cure. The Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC estimates that their success rate for the platelet-rich plasma treatment, or PRP, is between 60 and 75 percent. (success is >50% relief of pain)

The Mayo clinic claims an 80% success rate. For a minimally invasive procedure for injuries/conditions that are notoriously hard to heal, that’s impressive. Technique and accuracy of placement enhance efficacy of the injection.

What if I don’t get a good enough response with PRP treatment?
Then bone marrow stem cell therapy or surgical treatment might be the next step.

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