Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Therapy is a safe, non-surgical procedure which offers relief and healing to athletes and active individuals, who endure knee pain from overuse or a past injury. This cutting-edge treatment uses platelets from a person’s own blood to accelerate healing of damaged tendons and cartilage.
How does PRP therapy help heal the knee?
Typically, when a person injures soft tissue, the body’s first response is to send platelets to the damaged area. These special cells are packed with healing and growth factors and are able to initiate repair of the injury.
PRP therapy mimics the body’s natural healing process by delivering a high concentration of platelets to the damaged knee. The treatment also alleviates pain, boosting your performance.
Who uses PRP therapy?
Used for over 20 years, PRP treatment has gained widespread notoriety – with professional athletes increasingly incorporating this therapy into their healing. Athletes like Kobe Bryant (basketball), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Hines Ward (football), Alex Rodriguez (baseball), Tiger Woods (golf), and many more are touting the benefits of PRP to help them get back in the game.
But PRP is not just for professional athletes. It’s for anyone who wants to live life to the fullest, participating in the activities they love – without the pain. This includes “weekend warriors,” those who have injured their knees at play with a friend, people of any age who have suffered an injury to their meniscus and those suffering from Osteoarthritis.
What does the procedure involve?
PRP is a simple procedure, performed in less than an hour at the Reflex office. Most people are able to return to their job or daily activities immediately following the procedure.
During your appointment, one of our physicians will draw your blood and put it in a PRP collection tube, then centrifuge for 10 minutes to separate your platelets. Using a local anesthetic, this platelet-rich plasma is then injected into your knee using the guidance of an ultrasound machine. This high concentration of platelets is 4-5 times what your normal blood would typically deliver, which can greatly enhance the body’s healing abilities.
Most patients have a period of relative rest with some physical therapy for the first few weeks. Six weeks after your treatment, you will come in for a follow-up appointment where we will evaluate your knee’s improvement. You may need several injections to return to your optimal performance level.
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Call us at (503) 719 – 6783 to schedule an evaluation of your knee today – to begin enjoying the benefits from PRP therapy, reduce pain, and enhance your performance.