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Autologous (patient derived) PRP has been used for over 30 years as an aid in recovery following certain surgical, orthopaedic and dental procedures. There is thousands of research articles published on the safety of PRP. Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is rare. Some research suggests that PRP may have an anti-bacterial property which protects against possible infection.

Platelet Rich PlasmaDuring in-office PRP procedure, patient’s own blood is drawn, spun and enriched to isolate platelets and stem cells. These spun platelets are up to five fold more concentrated than in normal blood. Physician then identifies the proper location for regenerative injection, the exact structure and/or component of the injured area or an arthritic joint. When PRP is injected it stimulates the tendon or ligament causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade in musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis, and allows even a severely damaged tissue to heal.

Most patients don’t require anything more than cold pack for pain from the procedure. Often, following a PRP injection, an “achy” soreness is felt. This “soreness” is a positive sign that healing has been set in motion. The soreness can last for several days but gradually decreases as healing and tissue repair occurs.

It is important that anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, and Aspirin be avoided following PRP treatments. These medicines may block the effects of the PRP injection. While many patients find it best to rest the area for several days after PRP, as long as you are responsible you can resume normal activities following I treatment. You should avoid anything other than light activity however for at least several days after injection.

Following the initial treatment a follow up visit will usually be scheduled within 4 weeks. At that time a decision may be made regarding the need for additional treatment. In general, if using PRP chronic or severe injuries require more treatment then mild injuries.  When Stem Cells are combined with PRP fewer treatments may be required. Restorative therapy including exercise or physical therapy may be prescribed as well

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