The entire process of history, diagnosis, assessment, and procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours. Diagnostic ultrasound is utilized to view an accurate image of muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and joints at the site of injury.
A small amount of blood the size of a test-tube is drawn from your arm and placed in a specialized centrifuge. The centrifuge rapidly spins the blood for approximately 5 minutes separating the red blood cells from the plasma and platelets. A topical and/or injected local anesthetic is utilized to minimize discomfort with the procedure. The concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma is injected into the injured tissue using ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement. Now your body is on its way to an accelerated state of healing.
Because PRP stimulates the healing naturally, improvement may be seen initially within a few weeks and continue as the healing progresses. The process of healing is different for everyone and it will be a gradual process.
One to three treatments are typically recommended depending on the severity of the injury and how long ago the injury occurred.