Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Plasma is the 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 blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
How does it work?
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into the area of your body being treated. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
What should I expect?
Before you get PRP injections, you’ll likely need to stop taking certain medications that thin your blood, like aspirin and ibuprofen. You may also need to take a break from certain vitamins or supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Call us to make a consultation and the doctor can tell you exactly what you need to do to prepare for these shots.
PRP doesn’t usually cause major side effects. But because it involves drawing blood, you’ll want to make sure you eat before the procedure. That will help you avoid feeling lightheaded when you get PRP injections.
After the treatment, you shouldn’t wash the area that was treated for 48 hours. You might notice some soreness and bruise in the area that received injections. If you feel sharp or intense pain, let our doctor know.