Patients dealing with chronic pain and injuries can find relief from an innovative treatment known as platelet rich plasma injections to treat tendonitis, ligament injuries, arthritis, and more. Patients throughout the Palo Alto areas can visit Dr. Nuwer inside Bay Health Center to receive treatment.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
What are platelet rich plasma injections?
Platelets naturally occur within the blood and play a crucial role in the healing and recovery for wounds to the soft tissue. Platelet rich plasma injections (PRP) use a portion of the patient’s blood with a platelet concentration above the baseline to promote healing of injured ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints. PRP injections are prepared from either one or a few tubes of the patient’s blood using strict antiseptic techniques. The blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. Doctors then take the activated platelets and inject them into the injured or damaged tissues, often using ultrasound for guidance and accuracy. Growth factors are released which draw in and increase the production of repairing cells. These growth factors stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become more resilient.
Conditions which can be treated with PRP injections include:
- Knee Arthritis
- Ankle Sprains
- Tennis Elbow
- Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
How long does the procedure take?
The PRP injections can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours; this includes the preparation and recovery time. Performed in office, the PRP therapy is non-surgical and alleviates pain without the risks of general anesthesia. There is limited downtime, and most patients can return to their jobs or normal activities just after the procedure has been completed.
How often should the procedure be done?
Up to three injections can be given within a six-month period. However, a large number of patients obtain significant to total relief after the first few injections. Your doctor will discuss with you the treatment options that will best work for your condition.