The human body is an amazingly complex system with many natural healing components, such as platelets. Siatta B. Dunbar, DO, CAQSM, in Burnsville, Minnesota, integrates new and emerging procedures like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into her practice to help her patients get the most cutting-edge care. Book an appointment by giving us a call today.
PRP is an all-natural way to treat pain and inflammation related to joint and tendon injuries.
Platelets are a naturally occurring cell in your blood, along with white blood cells, red blood cells and plasma. Platelets primary function is to control bleeding by creating a blood clot. However, they also release growth factors and proteins that can assist with healing and controlling inflammation.
What to Expect
Platelet rich Plasma (PRP) is made from a sample of your blood which is drawn and processed on the same day. Your blood will be placed in a centrifuge in order to isolate your PRP. Under ultrasound guidance your PRP will be expertly injected into the damaged joint or tendon. Dr. Dunbar firmly believes that all biologic therapies should be done under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement and to maximize the anti-inflammatory and pain benefits. The first two - three days after your PRP therapy you may experience discomfort and swelling and you will be provided specific post - therapy instructions and guidance on how to manage this discomfort. Typically you will feel the benefits of your PRP therapy at three - eight weeks, however the anti-inflammatory effects will continue for up to six - nine months after your last treatment.
Using the research based treatment algorithms developed by the Orthohealing Method, platelet rich plasma therapy has successfully been used to treat pain and inflammation related to the following:
PRP therapy has been used successfully to treat pain and inflammation from mild-moderate osteoarthritis and chronic tendonitis. If your injury or condition is severe or advanced you may require a more comprehensive biologic approach that includes bone marrow or fat derived cells