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Orthopedic PRP Procedures (Tendon/Joint)

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection treatment that uses the patient’s own blood. Approximately 120 mL’s of blood is drawn into a syringe. The blood is then spun twice in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The PRP is a solution containing concentrated platelets, growth factors and enzymes that promote healing and repair damaged tissue.

Are PRP injections safe?

Yes. PRP is an all-natural medical procedure that uses cells and growth factors from your own blood rather than a synthetic substance.

How does PRP help with pain management in joint and tendon injuries?

PRP has been used for a number of years in orthopedics and sports medicine to treat muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, chronic pain, and skin lesions. Platelet Rich Plasma is an established treatment technique used to tighten and strengthen weak, damaged ligaments and tendons, which are believed to be the root cause of pain and instability. It is also used to decrease pain and improve function in some forms of arthritis.

What is the procedure like?

You will be evaluated by Dr. Kuhlman or Jodi Wilhelm, CNP to determine if you are a good candidate. A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm. While this blood is being converted to PRP in the centrifugation process, Dr. Kuhlman or Jodi will administer a local numbing shot to the injection site. Approximately 5 mL’s of PRP will then be injected into the location being treated. The entire procedure will take about 45 minutes. Once injected, the PRP releases growth factors. PRP therapy stimulates new collagen production in the exact areas of concern, promoting tissue repair and rejuvenation.

Is the treatment comfortable?

There is usually mild discomfort as the PRP injection site is numbed with lidocaine before the procedure. There is a slight pinch with the blood draw and a potential for bruising at the site.

Is there any downtime?

No. The injection area will be numb for a few hours. Most people can return to normal daily activities immediately after treatment, however aggressive physical activity of the injected area should be avoided for seven days. Expect soreness, as this is a normal and anticipated side effect. This tenderness/stiffness may last up to 2 weeks. Tylenol can be taken to reduce discomfort if desired. Other common side effects include swelling and bruising.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments needed varies per patient, but significant relief can be seen after one injection with results lasting over one year.

How much does it cost?

Depending on the exact area, most treatments cost between $700-$900 per site.

When will I see results?

Because PRP is a natural treatment, it usually takes a few weeks to start working with continued improvements over several months.