Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are easily accomplished in a simple 30 minute office procedure. PRP has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and is frequently referred to as “natural cortisone” or “natural steroids” due to its ability to calm inflammation and pain without the negative side effects of a steroid injection. In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, PRP has numerous growth factors and other helpful regenerative factors.
The PRP is prepared by centrifuging blood you donate at the time of the procedure. We will draw a small amount of your blood (approximately 1/5th the amount you would donate at a blood drive) and process and centrifuge it to isolate the PRP. After the PRP is prepared, it will be injected back into the joint or area of injury by a trained orthopedic surgeon.
PRP is a useful and effective tool for treating a wide variety of soft tissue and arthritic complaints. It was previously thought that PRP was mostly effective in relieving pain through its anti-inflammatory properties. More recently, doctors and researchers have begun to understand that the growth factors and other cytokines present in PRP may also play a collaborative role in helping your body heal injured tissue or in augmenting the healing properties of stem cells.
At Native Stem Cell Centers, we use PRP in a variety of different ways, each tailored to your condition and treatment goals. With Dr. Crawford’s guidance, you may decide to add a series of PRP injections to your stem cell injection to augment your arthritis treatment. For other issues, especially tendon and ligament issues such as rotator cuff, ACL, Achilles or other soft-tissue injuries, a single PRP injection might help you on the road to recovery.