FAQ’s on PRP Therapy in Las Vegas & Henderson NV

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can be effective for treating damaged or injured ligaments, tendons, body tissues, and joints. Also known as autologous blood therapy, PRP treatment utilizes the patient’s own blood components to stimulate structure repair and healing.

What happens with tissue or body structure injury?

If someone suffers an injury, blood platelets and white blood cells work together to heal the area. Platelets contain potent growth factors, which stimulate the natural healing response of the body. These substances are released in large numbers when a body region is damaged or injured.

What conditions are treated with PRP therapy?

PRP injections are used to treat:

  • Hip conditions – Such as pyriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint pain, hamstring tears, and tendonitis.
  • Knee conditions – Including patellar tendinosis, bursitis, knee ligament sprains or tears, and tendonitis.
  • Feet and lower leg conditions – Such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and Achilles tendon tears.
  • Arm and shoulder problems – Including tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, golf elbow, tennis elbow, and bicipital tendonitis.

Why are PRP injections done?

PRP injections permit a doctor to use concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood to heal a damaged body area or injured region. This therapy makes it possible to treat people without having surgery, and with PRP injections, surgery can be postponed or prevented.

Who is a candidate for plasma-rich platelet injections?

PRP injections are beneficial for those who:

  • Have acute injuries related to sports accidents
  • Prefer less invasive forms of therapy
  • Has a healthy immune system

How do I prepare for the PRP injection?

When you arrive at the medical facility, a nurse will discuss the pros and cons of the procedure, and ask you to sign an informed consent paper. Be sure to discuss all the medications you are taking, as blood-thinning agents may be held for several days beforehand. When you change into a gown, the nurse then places an IV catheter in your arm. Because a sedative may be given, you should arrange to have someone drive you home.

What happens during the PRP injection procedure?

The doctor first cleans the skin with an antiseptic solution, and then numbs the area with a local anesthetic. The platelets obtained from the patient are processed in the laboratory. These are injected into the targeted body area. More than one injection may be given, if necessary.

What happens after the PRP therapy procedure?

The site of injection will be tender and sore following the procedure. Part of the healing response is an aching sensation, which may last for several days. This does decrease after a few days. While recovering, you must avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as aspirin. These medications interfere with the normal healing response of the body. We recommend that you rest for 1-3 days, and gradually return to normal activities as tolerated.

How many PRP injections are given?

The number of PRP therapy procedures a patient requires depends on the duration, severity, and location of damage or injury. The pain management specialist often does a series of injections, and can offer additional treatments throughout the year. Most chronic injuries are treated with a minimum of three injection procedures.

Are PRP injections effective?

A recent clinical research study found that PRP injections had a 66% success rate, which was noted at the six-month follow-up visit. Many reports show that PRP therapy is effective for knee arthritis, fibromyalgia, whiplash, and chronic back pain.

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