Platelet-Rich Plasma (#PRP) injections are a relatively new treatment that using your own blood to help knee pain and promote healing responses for a number of other musculoskeletal issues.
What Is a PRP Treatment?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a type of therapy that uses the self-healing properties of the body to help it repair damaged ligaments and help pain with arthritis. The treatment involves drawing a small quantity of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma portion. The plasma, which contains the concentrated growth factors, is then injected into the afflicted joint.
After the procedure, your doctor may suggest limiting your physical activity for a short amount of time and avoiding using any ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medication. For optimal results, your #orthopedic doctor may recommend a series of PRP injections spaced a few weeks or months apart.
What Are the Benefits of PRP?
PRP injections are particularly useful in managing pain associated with knee arthritis and tendonitis. Additionally, PRP injections can also be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions like #rotator cuff tears, anterior cruciate ligament (#ACL) injuries and tennis elbow.
The results of PRP injections are variable but many patients reporting satisfactory results lasting for more than one year after just one or two injections.
Discover how PRP injections can benefit you! Make an appointment today with Dr. Yasmin Dhar, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Specialist of Specialty Orthopaedic in Harrison, NY.