PRP Injection Treatment in New York
What is PRP therapy?
An exciting new type of regenerative treatment called PRP therapy is now utilized to help repair a patient’s soft tissue injury using naturally-occurring blood platelets. Known in the medical field as platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy for short, the simple and safe treatment is an increasingly popular alternative to surgical repair of tissues. The process a high success rate for stimulating tissue repair in patients of any age. Especially popular in athletes, PRP treatment can help a patient quickly recover from an injury to get back to regular lifestyle quickly.
How does PRP therapy work?
When a person experiences a soft tissue injury, the body automatically responds by sending platelet cells to the area of injury. These platelets are full of growth factors and healing capabilities, which repairs and attracts new cells. Because PRP therapy injects these platelets and increases the body’s supply of them to the injury, it can often speed up recovery significantly. The body’s efforts are multiplied with the higher concentration of platelets and is able to heal easily and quickly.
Why is PRP treatment used?
PRP injections may be recommended as a treatment option for any of the following injuries and conditions:
PRP Therapy for Shoulder Conditions
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Rotator cuff impingement syndrome
- Labrum tears
PRP Therapy for Wrist and Hand Conditions
- Wrist arthritis
- Wrist tendonitis
- Finger tendonitis
- Finger ligament tears
- Dysfunction of the fingers
PRP Therapy for Elbow Injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
PRP Therapy for Hip Conditions
- Illiotibial band tendonitis (ITB syndrome)
- Psoas tendonitis
- Psoas bursitis
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Hip labrum tears
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Hip arthritis
PRP Therapy for Knee Conditions
- Patellar tendonitis
- Patellar femoral syndrome
- Chondromalacia patella
- ACL tear or strain
- LCL tear or strain
- MCL tear or strain
- Meniscus tear
- Knee arthritis
- Patellar instability
PRP Therapy for Foot and Ankle Conditions
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Foot arthritis
- Recurrent ankle sprains
- Ankle tendonitis
What are the benefits of PRP injections?
- Rejuvenates your body’s natural healing process
- All natural
- Minimal or no downtime
- Heals injuries quicker
How does PRP treatment work?
PRP therapy usually takes under two hours, including your preparation and recovery time. Performed at two of our four Performance Health locations, PRP treatment safely relieves pain with a much lower risk of complications or infections associated with surgery and hospital visits.
To create the solution used for PRP therapy, a small amount of your blood is taken and the platelets found naturally in your own blood are separated. This process is possible by using a tool called a centrifuge, which spins the blood at high speeds, causing a natural separation to occur.
Then, the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) solution is injected into the patient’s point of injury, which kick-starts the body’s healing process. Because your own blood is used for this process, the likelihood that your body will reject the injection is very low. Additionally, the chances of infection are also low for this reason.
What happens after PRP therapy?
Initial improvement can be seen within just a few weeks of treatment, and often continues to improve over time. PRP treatment is highly effective at quickly alleviating pain and helping patients return to their regular, everyday routines. MRI, as well as ultrasound imaging tests, have demonstrated successful tissue repair results in patients who use PRP therapy. This confirms PRP’s ability to stimulate the healing process. Most people return to work, school, and daily activities right after the procedure, as it requires little or no downtime.
How many PRP injections do I need?
Regenerative medicine is used to promote long-term healing of the tissue injury, and is not intended to be a quick solution. Instead, the regeneration of your tissues usually takes multiple treatments and may last multiple months. Your physician can help you to develop your specific treatment plan and give you a better idea of how many injections your therapy will take before you will notice results.
Does PRP therapy hurt?
Few patients report inflammation or stiffness that lasts up to a few hours following your injection therapy. Ice can help to reduce discomfort and swelling. This is a normal reaction, and is a good sign that your treatment is working. After a while, the area will begin to strengthen and you should experience less pain after the injections.
Who should use PRP treatment?
No matter your age, activity level or condition, no one should have to live with pain. At Performance Health, we’ve used PRP to treat a wide range of patients in all phases of life, including:
- Professional athletes
- Youth/amateur athletes
- Weekend warriors
- Generally active people
- People of any age with chronic joint, tendon, or ligament pain
If you believe you may benefit from PRP therapy, the first step to improving your health and returning to your normal activities is to schedule an evaluation at Performance Health. Our physicians are experts in PRP therapy and can help you get back to performance-level health. Call one of our New York offices at 212.486.8616 or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment now.