Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
Patients with chronic pain from tendon, ligament, muscle injuries or osteoarthritis can finally get relief from a safe and effective procedure that uses body’s own resources without drugs or chemicals
It’s called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
This advanced and safe procedure uses body’s own blood cells (called platelets) to promote soft tissue healing and repair. When plasma (portion of the patient’s own blood) with high concentration of platelets is injected into areas of chronic pain or arthritis, platelets speed up healing and rebuilding a damaged tendon, muscle or joint.
PRP therapy is done in an exam room and takes less than half an hour. Small amount of patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is
then injected by physician into the damaged portion of the tendon, cartilage or joint, sometimes with the guidance of an ultrasound machine for increased safety and accuracy.
This method promoted worldwide by many athletes, Olympic champions and celebrities. It has been successful in not only relieving the pain, but also in jump-starting the healing process of chronic injuries, painful joints and delaying joint replacement for years.
To achieve complete recovery most patients need 2 or 3 injections with 1-month interval.
PRP treatment works most effectively for chronic ligament, tendon or joint pain that failed other conservative treatment:
Knee, hip, and other joint arthritis
Shoulder rotator cuff injuries and chronic pain
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Hamstring and hip strains
Knee and hip bursitis
Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
Ankle chronic sprains
Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Side-effects & precautions
Side effects are uncommon, but may involve infection, bleeding, or short term increase in inflammation or pain after the injection.
PRP injections are not recommended in individuals with bleeding disorders or easy bruising, those taking anti-coagulation medications (e.g. Warfarin or Coumadin) or oral steroids (prednisone), or those who have cancer, low blood count, active infection, or are pregnant.
We advise not to take anti-inflammatory medication (i.e., Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen) for 7 days prior to the injection and 6 weeks after the last injection. A regular aspirin (81mg/day) is OK. Tylenol or Acetaminophen is allowed.
Consultation with MD and assessment of patient suitability for PRP therapy is covered by OHIP.
PRP injections are not covered and typically paid out-of-pocket. Cost of therapy starts at 350$ and depends on number of injections you will need.
We recommend a complimentary consultation where physician can perform a detailed assessment of your concern and provide you with a treatment plan.
Individual results may vary. Beneficial results of treatment are not guaranteed as every patient is different and treatment outcome depends on many factors including severity and duration of condition.