Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a form of regenerative medicine that utilize growth factor-rich platelets in the patient’s own blood to help restore damaged tissues and promote healing. For some patients, one injection may be all that is necessary to provide lasting pain relief. In other cases, injections may be given every four to six weeks until the injured tissue or joint has improved. Up to three injections may be administered within a six-month period.
If you are interested in PRP injections, there are several factors that will influence how often you may need them, such as your age, overall health, and activity levels. The type and severity of your condition will also impact the details of your treatment – for example, a chronic tendon injury such as tennis elbow will likely respond differently to PRP therapy than an arthritic knee. The best way to learn if you are a candidate for PRP injections and how often you may need them is to speak with your orthopedic physician.
How do PRP injections work?
PRP therapy is an outpatient procedure. Here’s how it works:
- A small blood sample is taken from the patient.
- The blood sample is processed in a centrifuge to separate growth factor-rich platelets from other blood components.
- The platelets are then concentrated and injected into the patient’s injured tissue or joint.
Delivering a high concentration of growth factors directly into the injured area has been shown to help accelerate healing and promote new tissue growth in certain cases. Because the patient’s own blood is used, PRP therapy is considered to be a safe and natural procedure. Side effects are minimal and usually only include temporary soreness at the injection site.
PRP injections at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group
If you live in the Tampa area, you can turn to Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group for a full range of musculoskeletal care, including regenerative medicine therapies like PRP injections. A division of Florida Medical Clinic, our practice is the longest-running orthopedic center in the area and a trusted source of care for patients with a wide array of conditions, from sports injuries to arthritis and everything in between.
Patients at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group benefit from the expertise of orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy and sports medicine physician Dr. Arnold Ramirez – two board-certified specialists who are renowned for their care and also serve on the medical staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Yankees. As our patient, you can be assured that you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan and compassionate service throughout the care process.
Contact Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group today to learn more about our approach to PRP injections or to schedule an appointment at our center in South Tampa. We accept most major health insurance plans. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.