“I tried everything to treat my shoulder pain. I saw several specialists, had MRI’s, went through multiple Cortisone injections and nothing fixed it. However, I was almost completely healed 24 hours after my PRP injection with Wendy! It was honestly a miracle!”
Read some of our FAQs about the PRP injections below!
The injection of PRP is an office procedure which takes approximately 1 hour. First a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm. The blood is processed in a specialized FDA-approved centrifuge which separates the red blood cells from the Platelet Rich Plasma. The resulting rich plasma has approximately five times the concentration of platelets, growth factors, and cytokines from what is normally found in the blood.
Using sterile technique and under ultrasound guidance, the PRP is injected into the injured area after a topical numbing spray has been applied to the skin. Ultrasound guided injections ensure that the PRP is injected into the correct location.
It is recommended to completely rest the area treated for 2-3 days after the injection. Gradual return to normal light activities is allowed for the next 2-4 weeks. No vigorous activity/sports for the first 6-8 weeks after the injection.
PRP treatment offers a natural, non-medicinal, non-surgical option for the treatment of joint or tendon pain. This treatment is an in-office procedure and can be done in less than 1 hour. The recovery time is significantly less than surgery, and most people can return to their favorite activities in approximately 3 months.
The risks of the PRP procedure are minimal and include bruising at the injection or blood draw site, redness, mild pain, and (very rarely) infection. Since this procedure uses a person’s own blood there is no risk of reaction or rejection.
Any person with chronic or acute tendon or joint pain is potentially eligible for treatment. The most common orthopedic areas for treatment are knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, and ankles. Injection of PRP into degenerative tissue or partially torn tendons has been shown to be effective in most patients. It is not known how effective PRP will be in treating your specific condition.
People that have failed previous treatment or are unable to tolerate anti-inflammatory medications due to medical problems or allergies are good candidates for PRP. Long-term use of anti-inflammatory medications only masks symptoms and can lead to decreased kidney function and stomach problems.
Steroid injections are commonly used to treat inflammation and joint pain; however, they are not recommended for long-term use because of their negative effects on healing. Repeated steroid injections can weaken and destroy tissue.
Any person that has a condition causing a low platelet count (Thrombocytopenia) is not a good candidate for PRP treatment.
People that are on anti-coagulants for medical problems, such as a history of a blood clots or atrial fibrillation, and who are unable to stop their medication prior to the procedure should also avoid PRP treatment.
People unable to refrain from taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory products (such as ibuprophen (Advil/Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Celebrex, etc.) before the procedure or for 2 weeks after the procedure should also avoid PRP treatment.
This varies from patient to patient. Since PRP can repair and regenerate tissue some patients will require only one treatment. Research has shown that most people receive the most benefit after two or three injections spaced out one month apart. The need for repeat treatment will be discussed at the 4-week follow-up visit.
In some cases the addition of a placental tissue matrix (PTM) can increase the healing potential of the PRP treatment and may only require one treatment instead of a series of PRP treatments. This will be discussed on a case by case basis.