One of the most advanced procedures we offer is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This revolutionary treatment makes it possible to speed up the healing process and relieve pain with a simple injection. PRP therapy is effective for injuries or conditions that are slow or challenging to heal, and it is less risky and less expensive than surgery.
PRP therapy may be used to treat:
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle Sprains
- ACL Tears
- Tennis Elbow
- Ligament Sprains
- And many more conditions
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets separated from your own blood. Platelets are the body’s “first responders” at the site of an injury in the body. They aid in the repair process and signal stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue.
The procedure is done in our office and only takes about one or two hours from start to finish. We take a blood sample from you and put it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. The plasma is then injected directly into the diseased or damaged tissue.
The PRP injection contains a high concentration of platelets delivered exactly where the repair and healing needs to happen. Many patients feel better after the first injection, and the results can be increased with subsequent PRP injections. If necessary, you can have up to three therapeutic injections within six months.
PRP therapy may benefit those who are not candidates for surgery due to their age, poor health, or other concerns. Other benefits of PRP therapy include:
- Rapid pain relief
- Faster healing than surgery
- Facilitates the regeneration of healthy tissues
- No down time
- Less risks than surgery
Learn more about PRP therapy in our online patient library.
Although this procedure may not be covered by your insurance, PRP therapy costs much less than surgery and there is less downtime. You can feel better within a week or two after an injection, and the pain relief can last for six months or longer. If you have questions about the cost of PRP therapy or insurance coverage, please feel free to call Upstate Orthopedics at (315) 464-4472.
Want to know if you might be a candidate for platelet-rich plasma injections? Call (315) 464-8600 today to schedule a consultation with a Syracuse doctor who does PRP therapy.