Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a treatment for chronic conditions such as torn tendons, muscles and ligaments that often plague professional as well as amateur athletes.
It has been also used for a variety of other conditions including:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Achilles Tendinois
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
- Plantar Faciitis
- Hair Loss
- Scar Revision
- And Cosmetic Procedures
Dr. Knutson will take a small vial of blood that is collected into a FDA approved container and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components.
The concentrated platelets are then injected into the injured site to help with the repair of damaged tissue. The platelets secrete growth factors that produce regenerative healing.
This process reduces pain, accelerates healing and improves overall function of the injured area. While some individuals experience relief in a few days, the active healing process takes place over a period of time.
FAQ’s About PRP
How long does it take?
Approximately 20-30 minutes.
When will I feel relief?
Some patients said they experienced some relief within a few days. Others, with more chronic conditions, said it took a few weeks or months. While no procedure provides 100% relief, some studies Suggested that 93% of patients were satisfied with their treatment.
Does it require more than one injection?
It depends on the severity of the injury.
Does it hurt?
You may experience minor pain or bruising at the injection site. This normally goes away within a few days.
Is it covered by my insurance?
Unfortunately, it is not covered by insurance at this time.
Can I save my platelets for a later date?
No, it must be used within 4 hours.
I’m a candidate for PRP?
If you have low blood pressure, diabetes, fever, heart conditions, anemia, blood clots or platelet disorders or active infections—it is important to discuss this procedure with your doctor. Pregnant women, people on dialysis and individuals with bovine allergies are not candidates.
Is it safe for athletes to use? Will they fail drug testing?
Yes, it is safe for athletes. Many major sports players from the NFL as well as Tiger Woods have used this therapy. Unlike HGH, PRP uses your blood and is not a produced synthetically therefore PRP should not cause you to fail drug testing.
How can PRP help my hair loss?
Dr. Knutson can inject PRP into the scalp. PRP contains active growth factors which can stimulate the hair follicles to promote hair growth.
How long does it take? When will I see results?
The actually procedure can take between 30-60 minutes. You should start to see some improvement in texture within two weeks of treatment. However, you will not see any measurable results until 3-6 months.
What other types of cosmetic procedures can you do with PRP?
When PRP is combined with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create. This minimally invasive procedure stimulates collagen production giving the skin a more youthful appearance. In addition, it helps with eye puffiness, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, lax skin, sun damaged, large pores, and uneven skin texture.
Mishra and Pavelko, American Journal of Sports Medicine.
John J. Wilson MD, MS Sports Health.
Carina Storrs, Scientific American.