A PRP injection in Barrington is more formally known as a Platelet Rich Plasma injection. Both platelets and plasma are components of the blood, and platelets are tiny blood cells that stop bleeding by forming clots.
What Is Involved in Getting A PRP Injection?
The doctor will take a small amount of blood from the patient. Typically, they will use about the same amount as that used in a laboratory blood test. The doctor will place the blood in a centrifuge to separate out the components so that only the platelets and the plasma are left together. They will then inject the PRP into the treatment site.
The entire procedure, including the preparation time, may take one or two hours. The patient can usually resume their normal activities right after treatment.
What Are PRP Injections Used For?
PRP injections are used to treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Most of them can cause pain or inflammation. Examples of conditions that can be treated with PRP injections include osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, sprained ankles, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. PRP injections can be used to treat injuries and conditions affecting the spine, neck, back, shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee.
What Are the Advantages of PRP Injections?
Since PRP injections use the patient’s own blood, there is minimal risk of infection, rejection, or allergic reaction. There are none of the risks associated with surgery or general anesthesia, and the patient can go straight home after treatment.
PRP injections can work quickly; some patients feel better after the first injection. Most see some improvement within a few weeks after the initial injection. Since PRP injections stimulate the healing process, the patient will enjoy lasting results.
Contact us at Gitelis Orthopedics or visit our website to schedule an appointment for a PRP injection in Barrington.