Plasma Rich Platelet

Treatment Details

Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) Injection 

What is a plasma-rich platelet (PRP) injection? How does it help with my wound healing/joint injury?

Plasma-rich platelet injections comprise 2 elements:

  • Plasma, the liquid portion of blood 
  • Platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in tissue repair, allowing the body to heal
How is it performed?
  • Drawing the blood from a vein
  • Putting the blood in a device that separates out the blood components
  • Concentrating the amount of platelet in a solution
  • Injecting the PRP solution into the target area, such as an injured knee or tendon using ultrasound or  X-ray
How long does PRP take to work?

The PRP aids in healing over the course of weeks and on average, about 3 PRP injections will be required about 3 weeks apart over the course of 6 months in order to ensure the best outcome. 

How long does the injection take?

The procedure is over in about half an hour, depending on the number of injections to be given. You may go home on the same day. 

Am I a good candidate for PRP injections?

You may be suitable for this treatment if you have: 

  • Tendon injury 
  • Ligament injury 
  • Muscle injury 
  • Joint injury 
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Post-surgical wounds

The results vary from condition to condition but it is generally more effective for conditions such as tennis and golfer’s elbow. 

What are the possible risks?

PRP injections use components of your own blood, hence the risk of an allergic reaction is much lower. Less common risks of the procedure include: 

  • Temporary increase in pain or bruising 
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection 

The procedure involves a blood draw, so you should ensure that you are hydrated and have eaten beforehand to prevent light-headedness. 

What should I expect after the procedure?

The result of PRP treatment is most noticeable after a few weeks for joint injections; however, you may require additional injections at the direction of your doctor. 

Every condition is different, hence it is best to consult a specialist who is experienced in managing such conditions. Reach out to Dr Timothy Thor today.


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