What is PRP Injection Therapy?
PRP injection therapy is a popular form of regenerative medicine that combines medical technology with the body’s natural abilities to heal itself. Human blood is composed of four main structures, including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Researchers have found that once activated, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors occur naturally and are capable of stimulating cellular growth and accelerating tendon healing.
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How Does a Platelet Injection for Tendonitis Work?
To perform a platelet injection for tendonitis, Dr. Verma will draw approximately 30 milliliters of a patient’s blood. The blood sample is then spun in a machine, called a centrifuge, which uses high speeds to separate the four main structures of blood. Once the structres are separated, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) is removed and injected into the injured tendon. The platelet rich plasma then releases three to five times the growth factors compared to normal human blood.
A platelet injection for tendonitis takes less than 15 minutes. The majority of patients will require 1-3 sets of PRP injection therapy with each set spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Since PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood, the risk of reaction is low. As with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to any structures in the area, as well as a very small risk of infection.
For additional resources on PRP injection therapy, or to determine if you are a candidate for a platelet injection for tendonitis, please contact the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois orthopedic office of Dr. Nikhil Verma – shoulder specialist and knee surgeon.