Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)

What is a PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections is a cutting edge medical treatment which helps the body health damaged tissue.  It is part of an emerging field called regenerative medicine, which taps into the natural healing power of our bodies.  PRP has been used to treat elite level athletes such as Olympic level skiers but can have benefits for any person.  It is used for problems that have not responded to traditional therapies (such as steroid injections), and especially in situation where patients are trying to avoid or post-pone surgery.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

Your clinician might have ordered this exam based on symptoms and diagnoses such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, and osteoarthritis of the knee.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

There is no preparation for this study.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

Our clinical staff will initially draw your blood to collect plasma, and Dr. Dave Hogarty will inject the plasma into the specified site. Dr. Hogarty performs PRP injections using MSK US to guide injections, ensuring a high degree of accuracy, decreased patient discomfort, and the best possible results.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

A sample of your blood is drawn and processed or spun down so that a sample of your own plasma, rich in platelets (hence the name platelet rich plasma) is obtained.  The PRP is then injected back into the body where there is damaged tissue such as in a knee with osteoarthritis.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily activities.  There may be some mild discomfort to the injected area, this is to be expected and it is normal.  If you have persistent pain after the injection, please call our office for further assistance.