The body’s first response to tissue injury is to attract platelet cells in the bloodstream. Platelets contain healing factors that signal the body’s natural healing response. Platelets therefore initiate repair and simultaneously attract stem cells, which are a critical component in the repair process. Essentially, PRP works by mimicking and ultimately intensifying the natural healing process. It comes as no surprise then that with PRP treatments injuries heal faster and more completely.
We always extract the platelets from the patient’s own blood. A small blood sample is drawn into special vials and then placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at a high speed. The spinning separating the platelets from the red blood cells and other blood components, leaving behind a highly concentrated yellow fluid. This is the plasma, where a high concentration of platelets is contained. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction. Dr. Meli will review the risks with you during the assessment.
Once the PRP is made and Dr. Meli has assessed the injury, the PRP solution is injected into and around the injured tissue. Injection treatments into tendons, ligaments, vertebral discs and into joints can be achieved with PRP.
The initial visit involves assessment and treatment and will run up to 90mins. Subsequent visits require shorter assessment and the entire process will take about 60min. The blood draw, PRP-preparation and treatment are all done in office.
It depends. The severity of pain or injury, the amount of time that has passed and your overall health are all contributing factors. 2-3 treatments are typical, although many people gain considerable or complete relief after a single treatment.
PRP therapy resolves pain through healing tissue and the results are often long lasting. Sometimes maintenance treatments are required to maintain the pain-free state. Expect increase discomfort for 1-2days following treatment. This is a normal and expected phase of the healing process. Improvements occur gradually over the first few weeks and continues as the healing process continues. Research studies and my clinical experience have shown that PRP therapy is very effective at relieving even the worst cases of chronic pain. Avoiding surgery may be a possibility, though never guaranteed.
Bring your extended health insurance card with you since your visit will be covered.Our staff can help you submitting your claim online.