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Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

About The Treatment

Platelet rich plasma, also known as “PRP’, is a form of regenerative medicine, for conditions including arthritis, ligament/tendon sprains, and tears which can provide a permanent solution. Utilizing the body’s natural healing process of inflammation, PRP therapy is an injection of concentrated platelets which are injected into damaged ligaments, tendons, or joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing.
This procedure is completed by drawing a small sample of a patient’s blood, placing it into a centrifuge to separate the platelets which creates a concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is then injected into the targeted area of the body. The dispersing of the platelets strengthens surrounding tissues, muscles, and ligaments, and the healing process begins.
You will meet with your Desert Pain Specialists physician multiple times after the injection to measure pain levels and evaluate progression.

Platelet rich plasma injections are most effective for the following conditions:

  • RLumbar spine disc pain
  • RRotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
  • RShoulder pain and instability
  • RTennis and golfer’s elbow
  • RHamstring and hip strains
  • RKnee sprains and instability
  • RPatellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
  • RAnkle sprains
  • RAchilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
  • RKnee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
  • RNerve entrapment syndromes, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • RSacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain
  • RLumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain

Conditions

Additionally, PRP can be effective for many cases of osteoarthritis by stimulating healing of cartilage and reducing pain and disability. This includes:

Knee Arthritis

Hip Joint Arthritis

Shoulder Arthritis

Ankle Arthritis

After The Treatment

PRP, unlike other treatments, has a sustained outcome and is categorized as a permanent solution. The timeframe for experiencing results depends on the area and extent of the injury. Most patients experience reduced pain and increased function within four to six weeks. Physical therapy and avoidance of strenuous activity are advised in the weeks that follow the injections. This will allow the tissues to heal fully and the best results to be noted.

Treatments