PRP Therapy in Willowbrook, IL
If there’s a group that deals with soft tissue injuries and pain, it is professional athletes. Maybe that’s why they have been using platelet-rich plasma for a couple of decades to help heal after injuries or surgery. We all know the power of our blood platelets in clotting and immediately healing wounds. But when they are condensed down into a platelet-rich serum, their healing power is far greater.
At Elborno Center, we offer our patients PRP therapy for pain relief and to help with soft tissue healing.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Musculoskeletal Injuries Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Platelets contain healing properties, which can accelerate the healing of tendons and ligaments in the musculoskeletal system.
How is PRP made?
Platelets for PRP are made from the patient’s own blood. It is similar to a patient donating his or her blood before a surgical procedure. This is what the process entails.
- First, blood is withdrawn from the patient into tubes.
- Next, the blood is placed in a centrifuge and is spun around.
- The centrifuge process concentrates the red and white blood cells and platelets in different levels in the tubes. Blood plasma that is rich in platelets is taken out and is readied for the application process.
How is PRP used for the musculoskeletal system?
In the musculoskeletal system, PRP is injected into and around the site of injury. This triggers the body’s reaction to repair muscle, bone, and other tissue. The entire process, including preparation and injection, takes about a half-hour.
What are the expected results associated with PRP for the musculoskeletal system?
PRP therapy can speed up soft tissue healing for injuries and conditions such as:
- Ankle sprains
- Ligament sprains
- Rotator cuff tears
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder
Many patients also experience a reduction in pain. Two to three injections of PRP are typically required to obtain optimal results and the injections are usually spaced at least three to four weeks apart.
Who are good candidates for PRP for the musculoskeletal system?
If you are experiencing tendonitis; ankle sprains, ligament sprains; rotator cuff tears; or osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder and want to treat these issues with little to no downtime or risk of injury, consider Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for the musculoskeletal system.
How do I prepare for PRP therapy?
There isn’t anything you physically need to do to prepare for these PRP treatments at the Elborno Center. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends people who are going into a PRP session should discontinue certain medications prior to the appointment:
- Avoid corticosteroid medications for 2-3 weeks prior to your PRP session
- Stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin one week prior
- Stop taking arthritis medications such as Celebrex one week prior
- Do not take anticoagulation medication for 5 days prior (have doctor notification for this)
It’s a good idea to drink plenty of fluids the day before your procedure.
How many PRP treatments are needed?
We’ve found that two to three PRP injection sessions at Elborno are optimal for our patients. These need to be spaced from 3 to 4 weeks apart.
How long do I need to rest after a PRP session?
You can return to your normal activities immediately after your session at the Elborno Center. But you should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days, as the PRP typically stimulates some inflammation at the injection site for 3 to 5 days.
What should I avoid after my PRP session?
You need to not put a strain on the affected joint or area of treatment. This means no strenuous exercise or exertion involving that joint. It’s wise to take it easy for a couple of days after these treatments to allow the PRP to get to work.
How long does it take for PRP therapy to work?
The goal of platelet-rich plasma is to put the incredible healing properties and growth factors present in PRP to work healing injuries and reducing chronic pain. These are not immediate results; the healing properties in the PRP need to jump-start and boost the body’s overall healing mechanisms.
Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks. Tendonitis issues respond more quickly. Results will continue to improve as the healing rate progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP injections to be very effective at relieving pain and helping patients return to their normal activities. While the rate of healing and the degree of healing can vary between patients, these changes in pain and tissue regeneration continue to build for months in the patient.
Are the results from PRP therapy permanent?
At the Elborno Center, we use these platelet-rich plasma treatments for pain reduction and tissue healing. These healing mechanisms are permanent. Tissue that heals is healed. Of course, that doesn’t mean the patient can’t reinjure a tendon or ligament or restrain a joint. Still, these improvements are meant to be permanent. If a person’s pain is from a more severe injury, such as a major ligament tear, obviously these treatments cannot replace surgery if that is necessary to fully repair the injury.
We’ve found PRP to be especially effective for tendonitides, such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis; for ligament strains and slight tears; for common overuse hand injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; and for chronic pain from osteoarthritis.