Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a component of your blood that contains a high concentration of proteins. The plasma in your blood contains platelets that help your blood clot and promote cell growth, so it aids in the healing process. In PRP therapy, you “donate” your own blood and it gets processed in a centrifuge machine to separate out the plasma.

Platelet-rich plasma injections are typically used to help promote healing in injured joints, or to treat arthritic joints. Your doctor at Revive Health and Wellness injects the plasma into your affected joints so they can potentially grow new tissue and help you get relief from pain.

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What is the Procedure for PRP Injections?

First, one of the skilled providers at Revive Health and Wellness draws blood from you. Then, your blood is processed to prepare it for your injections. Once the plasma has been separated from your blood, your doctor injects it into the affected joint. You may receive one injection or a series of them over the course of several weeks, depending on your condition.

Since PRP injections require precision to guide the injection directly into your joint capsule, your doctor may use imaging technology or an ultrasound for guidance.

Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Injections?

If you suffer from osteoarthritis (a form of the disease that often affects your knees), PRP injections may help reduce pain and regenerate new tissue. Acute injuries, including pulled hamstrings or knee sprains, may also benefit from PRP injections. And, if you experience chronic tendon conditions like tennis elbow or tendonitis, platelet-rich plasma may help relieve that discomfort as well.

In some situations, your doctor may recommend platelet-rich plasma injections as part of your post-surgical repair for a torn tendon or ligament. PRP therapy can also promote healing of your rotator cuff in your shoulder or ligaments in your legs so you can get back to living your life without pain.

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