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Platelet-rich plasma therapy
PRP therapy overview
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses the body’s own
healing process to regenerate damaged tendons or liga-
ments without surgery. The treatment involves an injection,
or multiple injections over time, of the patient’s own blood
to, a week following the PRP injection and throughout the
plasma (with concentrated platelets) into the injured ten-
course of the injections (should multiple injections be giv-
dons or ligaments. Human platelets are rich in connective
en), anti-inﬂ ammatory medications, such as Advil, Motrin,
tissue “growth factors,” or bioactive proteins, that initiate
ibuprofen, Aleve and Celebrex, should not be taken, unless
healing. Injecting these growth factors into damaged tissues
otherwise advised by your provider. These will interfere
consequently stimulates a natural repair process.
with the healing response. Tylenol is OK to take or your doctor may prescribe pain medication.
Who may be helped
If you’re reading this ﬂ ier, your Sharon health-care provid-
When the numbing agent wears off, moderate pain for a
er has likely identiﬁ ed you as a candidate for PRP therapy.
few days following your injection usually occurs. In addi-
Typically, people with chronic tendon and ligament injuries
tion to taking Tylenol or prescribed pain medication, icing
who have not felt relief with anti-inﬂ ammatory medica-
your injury may be recommended. Your health-care pro-
tions, physical therapy and bracing are candidates. People
vider will also schedule follow-up exams, may recommend
not wanting to have surgery also may wish to try PRP as a
a course of treatment involving additional PRP injections
and will work with you to determine when you can resume regular physical activities.
How it works
Long-term beneﬁ ts
It’s a big name – platelet-rich plasma therapy – but a rather simple medical procedure. Done right at the Sharon Health
PRP therapy is not a quick ﬁ x. It’s designed to promote
Center in the doctors’ ofﬁ ce setting in one visit, blood is
long-term healing. The therapy requires time and rehabilita-
drawn from your arm and placed in a sterile, single-use
tion to allow the PRP to work and the injury to heal. The
container. The container of blood is placed in a high-speed
good news, however, is that prior studies on patients receiv-
centrifuge, or a machine that spins. During the spinning
ing PRP treatment for tennis elbow show that more than 80
motion, the blood plasma and red blood cells separate. The
percent had reduced pain and some felt complete relief.
red blood cells are discarded and the resulting platelet
concentrate is drawn off into a syringe for inject-
ing into your injured joint or tendon.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks. In fact, anytime a needle is placed into the body, there is a risk
– though rare – of infection, bleeding and nerve damage.
Your health-care provider will talk to you in greater depth
about the risks of PRP therapy prior to starting treatment.
PRP injections are currently an elective procedure, meaning
that they are not be covered by health insurances
. As you
consider whether PRP therapy is right for you, the out-of-
pocket cost of these treatments should be strongly consid-
ered. Your Sharon Health Center team can work with you to
More information about PRP therapy is available from your
health-care provider. The Sharon Health Center and Sports
Medicine Clinic can be reached at (802) 763-8000.
Sharon Health Center and Sports Medicine Clinic
• 12 Shippee Lane, Sharon, VT 05065 • Part of Gifford Medical Center • www.giffordmed.org
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