What to Expect from Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or (PRP)

PRP is a treatment option for chronic tendinosis, forms of arthritis, and other pain related issues. As a potential patient or someone looking for PRP therapy here is what you can expect.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)

Common examples of tendinosis are below, although any other tendon may be involved as well as other pain related symptoms:

  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Tendinosis (often mislabeled as tendonitis) is a degenerative, often painful, non-inflammatory condition of a tendon usually affecting people over the age of 35. This degenerative portion of tendon is weaker than normal tendons, and may be at risk of progressing to a tear later in life.

The Procedure

An initial visit with Columbus Physical Medicine Center will be needed to determine if you are a candidate for PRP injection (to schedule a complimentary consultation CLICK HERE). An MRI may be needed to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other local complicating conditions. Patients who have failed traditional treatment with medications and therapy may be candidates for PRP. If PRP is determined to be an option, the procedure will be scheduled on a different day, and will take about an hour.

When Can I Expect Relief?

PRP injection does not provide immediate relief; instead, it sets in motion a repair mechanism that does take some time. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed the following results in patients with chronic elbow tendinosis:

  • 46% pain relief by 4 weeks

  • 60% pain relief by 8 weeks

  • 81% pain relief by 6 months

At the conclusion of the study, 93% of patients were completely satisfied with the PRP treatment and had avoided surgery!