Platelet-Rich Plasma for Knee Injections
Commonly Asked Questions
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains that platelet rich plasma is:
““Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.”
How Does PRP Work?
During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of injuries.
Many famous athletes — Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition. Contact Dr. Dye today to see if PRP is for you.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
You may be a good candidate for PRP if your symptoms of OA of the knee are not manageable through conventional methods such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and physical therapy.
PRP injections are considered experimental, however. That means that they may not be covered by insurance. It also means that there is limited research around the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. Work closely with your doctor before starting any experimental treatments.
What are the benefits of PRP Injections?
There are several benefits to PRP that patients enjoy. A few of the benefits include:
- Faster healing time
- Minimal risk of reaction
- Natural process
Contact Dr. Scott Dye today to learn more about PRP.