PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP, is probably the most well-known regenerative medicine procedure in use today. It’s likely you have heard of PRP from friends, family, or even professional athletes. PRP is unique in its potential to significantly strengthen the body’s ability to repair and heal soft tissue injuries and degenerative conditions. PRP was widely used in veterinary medicine before making a name for itself in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. Not all PRP is the same, however. It is nuanced in how it is prepared, how the physician injects, who a candidate, among other details. Practitioners who perform these procedures must have a specific set of skills to ensure the best chance of a successful procedure and outcome. Very small changes to the composition of platelet-rich serum can have major impacts on the procedure’s effectiveness, and the injection regimen should be calibrated to each patient’s individual needs.

Conditions Treated

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can significantly enhance the healing process for a wide range of injuries and condition. It can be used to treat almost any soft-tissue pathology, including:

  • Chronic tendon injuries, including tendonitis and tendonosis
  • Acute ligament and muscle injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff strains, sprains, and tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Many other tendon, ligament, or muscle injuries and conditions
However, there are a number of factors that go into determining whether or not platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is right for a patient. If you believe you might benefit from this revolutionary procedure, the first step is to schedule an appointment with the team at Odom Health and Wellness today. We will help you understand your condition, evaluate all of your treatment options, and choose the best path forward to recovery. Additionally, we offer free phone consultations with our regenerative nurse specialist if you would like questions answered before setting up an in-person appointment.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a medical procedure during which a physician draws a patient’s blood, processes it, and then reinjects it under imaging guidance with the goal of using the healing properties of these cells to support tissue regeneration and repair. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) describes the end product of a mechanical process through which the blood is extracted. Platelets, growth factors, monocytes and other healing properties are isolated from the patient’s whole blood in a centrifugation process that involves two spins. In short, we will isolate, concentrate and refine your blood to procure a platelet rich serum with a much higher concentration of platelets.

Platelets are more commonly known to play a role in the clotting process that the body uses to slow and stop bleeding. Over the past 10 years or longer, physicians and scientists have recognized the role platelets play in the healing process. This is largely due to the hundreds of proteins called growth factors they contain, which promote healing and fight inflammation. The use of imaging guidance is crucial to the outcome of the treatment. Dr. Odom is highly trained in ultrasound guided injections. This difficult skill, in combination with his training as an expert in Hacket-Hemwall palpation based injections, allows for precise injections of PRP into the desired targets.

Reinject this prepared, highly concentrated mixture of healing cells to the site of injury, platelet-rich plasma therapy can reduce pain and inflammation and accelerate healing without the need for major surgical intervention.

What are the benefits of PRP Therapy?
In addition to its ability to promote healing and drive recovery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has a number of key advantages over more traditional treatments, including surgery. First, the procedure is minimally invasive, so recovery time is minimal, and there is little to no scarring, which many patients appreciate. Second, because there are no incisions made during the procedure and it is performed under local anesthesia, it has a drastically reduced risk profile in terms of serious complications, including blood loss, infection, and the myriad side effects of general anesthesia. Finally, preparation of the final injection does not require additives or chemicals, so there are no foreign substances of chemicals being introduced to the body during the procedure.
What to expect with PRP Therapy?
After performing a detailed history and physical examination, and interpreting the results of the various necessary diagnostic tests–including musculoskeletal ultrasound, x-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)–your physician may determine that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a viable treatment option for you. Here’s what to expect during the course of the procedure:

On the day of your treatment, someone will draw blood from your arm, just like you are undergoing routine lab work.

The Blood will be placed in a specialized centrifuge machine specifically designed for producing a platelet-rich plasma serum. The physician will decide on the appropriate concentration of platelets and make any other adjustments to the composition of the serum specific to the injury.

Processing the platelets typically takes 45 minutes. You are free to relax, drink water or have a snack as you wait for the procedure to begin. After the separation, isolation and concentration process of your highly concentrated, pure PRP is complete, your physician will use an imaging guidance modality like ultrasound to guide the injection precisely to the site of injury and then, once they are confident the injection is placed properly, inject the preparation.

What is recovery like after PRP Therapy?
Because platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is minimally-invasive, it is performed in the outpatient setting, and you will be sent home on the same day as your injection. Depending on your injury, you may be asked to wear a brace or splint of some kind, and you will probably be asked to modify your activity levels for a few days or weeks following the injection. You may experience pain and soreness at the site of the injection, but you should not be in significant pain. You will follow up with us a few weeks after your injection to make sure everything is progressing to plan.

Request a PRP therapy appointment today!