PRP Specialist

BodyWorks Medical Center

Integrative Medical Clinics located in Carol Stream, IL

CAN PRP INJECTIONS HELP WITH YOUR JOINT OR TENDON ISSUES?

WHAT IS PRP? 

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets taken from the individual's own blood. While platelets are widely known to cause clotting, their use in the treatment of connective tissue disease is due to their role in the healing process. 

Tendons, ligaments, and joints have a poor blood supply, meaning it is difficult for these tissues to receive the nutrients needed to stimulate repair. 

An injection of PRP to the injured site provides the tissue with healing growth factors that are otherwise difficult for the body to deliver because of the poor blood supply. 

The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the rapid spinning process separates the prp from the rest of the blood cells. 

The injection can also restart a healing inflammatory process, which is why patients are often given initial activity restrictions. 

Rehabilitation exercises should be completed after the injection to rebuild strength and flexibility. 

WHAT DOES THE PRP PROCEDURE INVOLVE? 

PRP begins by collecting blood from the individual. the amount of blood needed is determined by the size of the  area to be treated. 

The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the rapid spinning process separates the PRP from the rest of the blood cells. 

The prp layer is then available for injection into the injured tissue. sometimes the injection is performed under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement. 

The patient is educated about activity restrictions and encouraged to rest the area for a couple weeks, avoiding any vigorous or strenuous activities. 

The patient can then begin the rehabilitation process. 

PRP TREATMENT AREAS 

Shoulder injuries 

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis and partial tears
  • Anterior & Posterior band of IGHL
  • ACJ, SCJ abd C-C ligament
  • SLAP lesion 

Wrist & Hand

  • Ligament sprains
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex 

Elbow 

  • Lateral epicondylitis 
  • Medial epicondylitis 

Back & Hip Injuries 

  • Facet joint arthritis 
  • Sacroiliac joint pain 
  • Hip girdle muscle pain 
  • Hamstring tendonitis 

Knee 

  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Meniscus
  • Ligament (MOL, LCLACL, POL)
  • Cartilage defects Osteoarthritis 

Ankle & Foot 

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains 
 

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