The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet-rich plasma." The doctor injects this into the site of your injury.
Is it right for me?
PRP may help if you have:
- meniscus tears in your knee
- rotator cuff tears in your shoulder
- plantar fasciitis in your foot
- and injuries in your spine, hip or elbow.
What is the procedure like?
Once the platelet-rich plasma has been prepared, your provider will inject the mixture directly into the area of concern that is causing pain.
What happens after the procedure?
After the injection, your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild the injured tissues. The PRP process is quick and you can go home the same day. It may help your injury heal faster., and PRP can help treat and eliminate the cause of your pain. Some people need more than one treatment before they heal completely.