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
- Rotator cuff strains, sprains, and tears
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Many other tendon, ligament, or muscle injuries and conditions
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
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?
What to expect with PRP Therapy?
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.