One of the newest and most effective treatments in orthopedic medicine is PRP treatment. This new treatment may sound complex, but it really is a very simple procedure that often produces amazing results. If you have considered PRP treatment or it was recommended by your doctor, you might be wondering what it entails and what to expect from your appointment.
What is PRP Treatment?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. In this treatment, platelets are extracted from the blood and concentrated, then placed in a plasma suspension. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the affected area to promote healing and reduce pain.
What to Expect At Your Appointment
If you have already been examined by one of our doctors, your appointment for PRP treatment will be fairly simple. First, a trained nurse will draw some of your blood. You will then be left to wait while the blood is placed in a centrifuge to extract the platelets and concentrate them. Once this is complete, they will be suspended in the plasma that was drawn from your blood. You will then be called back into the exam room to receive the injection.
What to Expect After PRP Treatment
You will have some pain and discomfort immediately following PRP treatment. You may also experience some swelling. Your doctor will recommend pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, ice, heat, or rest as benefits your condition. The discomfort and swelling usually lasts one to two days. After this period of time, healing will begin. In some cases complete healing may still take 4 to 6 weeks. However, you will start noticing a difference fairly quickly.
If you are interested in trying PRP treatment for your orthopedic injury, contact our offices today for an exam and consultation. We will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for PRP treatment and answer any questions you may have.