PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is a remarkable regenerative medicine treatment. It harnesses the natural healing power from your own blood! Platelets are specialized cells found in the blood. They contain many natural growth factors and healing proteins. In fact, platelets are directly involved in starting the healing and repair process when you get an injury. Contact Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine to learn more about platelet-rich plasma therapy in Glastonbury, CT.
With PRP, we draw some blood in the office, just like having a standard blood test. Then, while you wait, we process your blood to extract and concentrate the platelets. We then inject the platelet concentrate directly in the damaged area(s). The platelets release their growth factors and the healing begins.
Because it uses your own blood, PRP is very safe. Conditions that can be treated effectively with PRP include: Rotator Cuff damage, Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow, Achilles Tendonitis & Plantar Fasciitis, joint pain, arthritis, neck, and back pain (including disc problems), and most sprains and strains.
We began performing PRP treatments in 2007—the first in New England and among the very first in the entire country. Few practices have our level of skill and experience. PRP is one of the most exciting treatments that’s been developed for the treatment of sports injuries and painful musculoskeletal conditions. Professional and recreational athletes alike credit PRP treatment for enabling them to get back in the game, and patients with joint arthritis and chronic pain are experiencing less pain and greater function.
We work with patients throughout New England and the Northeast and beyond by using PRP as one of our treatments. Our doctors are experts at using these treatments and can get you relief from your sports injury fast.
PRP treatment works best for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including:
PRP can be very helpful for many cases of osteoarthritis (the “wear & tear” kind). PRP can help stimulate a “smoothing over” of the roughened and arthritic cartilage, reducing the pain and disability of arthritis. This includes:
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If you would like to know more about PRP therapy, you don’t need to go anywhere! We’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most popular questions we receive about the subject. Look over our answers below, and please give our team a call if there is anything else you would like to ask.
After a patient’s blood sample has been collected and used to create PRP, it is then reinjected into the injured area of the body. This is done using ultrasound guidance to ensure the precision of the treatment. Anesthetic will be applied to the area to numb it beforehand to ensure the patient is comfortable.
From walking into our office to when you leave, a PRP treatment tends to take about an hour or two to complete. This includes drawing your blood, placing it in a centrifuge to make PRP, and injecting it where it is needed. It should also be noted that you’ll likely need to come see us at least once beforehand so Dr. Tortland can evaluate your injury and determine whether PRP would be a good fit for you.
Thanks to the use of anesthetic, PRP basically feels like a regular injection, which is to say not painful at all. Of course, we know many patients aren’t exactly fans of needles, and there may be a slight tingling or burning sensation in the few minutes right after the injection, but this should go away quickly.
It may take a few weeks before a patient starts to notice a difference in their pain and mobility following a PRP treatment. The substance needs time to work, and the body needs time to heal, so this can take a little while depending on the extent of a patient’s injury. Fortunately, once the improvements become noticeable, they should continue to get better over the ensuing weeks and last for several months.
At this time, PRP therapy is largely not covered by most medical insurance plans, and if it is, then benefits may only apply if it is being used for certain conditions. We tell our patients they can usually expect to not have coverage, but we’re more than happy to go over their policy with them to make sure. If a patient needs help paying for the treatment, we can work with them to ensure that their care is affordable.