Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

What to know.

Dr. Craig Best

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a component of the patient’s own blood. It is rich in growth factors and can also signal an increased healing response to damaged/injured tissue. It is used to treat a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions (see below) by helping heal tissues, resulting in improvements in pain and function.

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a component of the patient’s own blood. It is rich in growth factors and can also signal an increased healing response to damaged/injured tissue. It is used to treat a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions (see below) by helping heal tissues, resulting in improvements in pain and function.

What should I expect with my PRP injection?

Once the PRP solution is created, the patient is positioned for the procedure. The skin is thoroughly cleaned and the target for the injection obtained with ultrasound or fluoroscopy (x-ray). Then, a numbing solution is injected at the skin and subcutaneous tissues for increased procedural comfort. Finally, under ultrasound or fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance, the needle is guided to the injury site and the PRP solution is deposited.

What conditions can be treated with PRP injections?

The following conditions can be treated with PRP injections:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Rotator cuff tendon tears
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Shoulder and hip labral injuries
  • Acute and chronic ligament injuries
  • Chronic spinal pain from injured muscles, tendons, or ligaments

Am I a candidate for PRP injections?

PRP injections are typically reserved for patients who have chronic musculoskeletal pain that has failed to respond to conservative treatment options such as medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections, and for whom surgery is the only other option.

If you’ve been suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain despite medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, and corticosteroid injections, and are hoping to avoid surgery, you may be a candidate for PRP injections. For an initial consultation and to discuss PRP injections, please contact Orthopedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana at 219.924.3300 to book an appointment with Dr. Craig Best.

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