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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) quick fact sheet

What is PRP treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) is a liquid made from your blood. PRP treats injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones.

Benefits of PRP

PRP can be very helpful in the treatment of elbow tendinitis, patellar tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis and ligament injuries such as partial ulnar collateral ligament elbow injuries in throwing athletes. While there is data supporting potential relief in knee arthritis, the type and severity of arthritis affects its success (if any) and is still being studied. Patients who receive PRP treatment may not see results for 6–12 weeks.

What happens during PRP treatment?

  1. The procedure is done in the office and takes about 30 minutes.
  2. The office staff will draw your blood.
  3. The blood is then put into a centrifuge to help separate it into its varying components and produce the PRP fluid from your blood.
  4. PRP is mixed with a small amount of lidocaine and is injected at the site of injury, usually under ultrasound guidance.

*We advise you to NOT take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for one week prior and two weeks following. Tylenol may be taken prior to and following the procedure.

*We usually advise patients to avoid rehabilitation for 1–2 weeks following the injection, but this is up to your referring physician.

Are there any complications from PRP?

Complications from PRP injections are very low but include:

  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation and pain at the site of the injection
  • Failure to achieve relief of symptoms or healing of injured tendons, ligaments or joints

The duration of relief may also be temporary as there is no guarantee of permanent symptom relief.

How much does PRP treatment cost?

The cost of PRP is $450 and it is NOT covered through insurance. Payment is collected at time of treatment.

Is PRP treatment new?

While this treatment is somewhat new, it has been available for over 10 years and has been extensively tested in laboratory and human studies and is very safe for use with minimal risk. It is a non-operative treatment option for some conditions that do not respond to other treatment measures such as NSAIDs, physical therapy, topical ointments, cortisone injections and bracing. Many research studies have shown good results with pain relief and improved healing. However, it is important to understand that, as with many forms of treatment, some patients will not receive any benefit from PRP injections.

I’m interested in learning more about PRP treatment, what are the next steps?

  1. Patients will often be referred for a consultation visit to discuss the process in more detail and answer any questions prior to the procedure.
  2. Please make sure to discuss any blood thinner or anti-platelet medications with your physician prior to referral.
  3. To schedule an appointment, call 803-434-7993.
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