What are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is a revolutionary procedure that uses components of the body’s own blood cells to augment the natural healing process in certain orthopedic conditions.
The body’s first response to any soft-tissue injury (ligaments and tendons) is to deliver platelet cells from the blood. Formed in the bone marrow and filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump-start the repair process by releasing beneficial proteins and attracting the essential aid of stem cells.
PRP injections use a natural healing process that accelerates the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. They decrease inflammation and provide effective pain relief and faster healing, and a PRP injection can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery.
PRP injections show promising results with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine, as well as soft-tissue injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), and ligament sprains.
Bone Marrow Aspirations
To prepare customized concentrations of platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate may be drawn from the patient’s own bones. Readily processed and implanted quickly, bone marrow aspirate is usually withdrawn from the iliac crest (from the back of the hip) but can also be aspirated from the heel, femur (from the knee), and humerus (from the shoulder). The process of bone marrow aspiration is simple: your provider will sterilize the extraction site and the bone marrow will then be collected through a needle and syringe. Once the bone marrow aspirate is drawn, it is put into a centrifuge to be concentrated into platelet-rich plasma for injections.
What can I expect from PRP therapy at OAK Orthopedics?
Our fellowship-trained and board-certified sports medicine specialist Dr. Carey Ellis has received additional training in PRP injection therapy and uses the state-of-the-art Arthrex Angel™ System to safely and quickly extract and concentrate beneficial growth factors from blood or bone marrow for customized PRP formulations. The entire PRP production process is usually done in less than 30 minutes. After your PRP is produced, Dr. Ellis will prepare the mixture and the injection site then inject the concentrated growth factors into the affected area to stimulate the augmented healing process. Side effects from using PRP systems are very uncommon, as PRP therapy utilizes your body’s own natural healing properties to treat your injury.
PRP injection therapy is recommended for patients who:
- Have an injury or condition not improved by other courses of treatment
- Do not meet the criteria for surgery
- Desire not to undergo surgery
- Are unable to have surgery for medical reasons
To schedule your PRP injection or if you have any questions regarding our PRP injection therapy, including insurance inquiries, please call (815) 928-8050 or click on the Appointment Request button.