If you suffer from a chronic condition impacting your joints, such as bursitis, arthritis, or tendonitis, you know the impact it can have on your quality of life. Chronic pain and limitations in mobility can make seemingly simple tasks a challenge without adequate treatment and results that last. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), offered by Drs. Sinha and Spencer at STAR Ortho in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California, is a noninvasive treatment designed to expand your body’s response to injury. While your body increases platelet production, PRP is injected into the treatment area to expedite healing and improve the outcome.
Platelet-rich plasma injections can be used to treat several different conditions affecting your arms, shoulders, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet. PRP is most effective in treating strains, tendonitis, torn and otherwise injured ligaments, osteoarthritis, and muscle tears.
Platelet-rich plasma provides a safe alternative to surgery, which means you may avoid the pain, risks, and lengthy recovery associated with surgery by choosing PRP.
However, because PRP is a relatively new treatment option, not all doctors are experts in the administration of platelet-rich plasma. Take special care to find a doctor with extensive training and experience in this innovative treatment.
While the risk of allergic reactions or other complications accompanies even the safest medications and surgical procedures, PRP is very safe. The platelet-rich plasma injected into the treatment area comes from the components of your blood, which means there’s no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
It’s important to note, however, that all injections are accompanied by a small risk of infection. Any time the skin is broken, it’s possible infection can be introduced into the body.
The providers at STAR Ortho follow strict sterile procedures to reduce the risk of infection and ensure your treatment is as safe as possible.
PRP injections feel similar to other injections you’ve received, such as injectable steroid injections or immunizations. Most patients can tolerate PRP injections without a problem.
However, it’s common to experience soreness following your appointment. Over-the-counter pain medication in the first two days following your PRP treatment can help with that.
Platelet-rich plasma goes to work immediately, but it usually takes a few weeks to notice pain relief. Pain relief can last for as long as nine months after treatment.
If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain or an unhealed joint, you might be an excellent candidate for PRP. Patients with low platelet count, cancer, severe anemia, platelet function problems, or a systemic infection aren’t eligible for platelet-rich plasma.