How many platelet-rich plasma treatments are needed to treat a sports injury?

 

Do you need one treatment or do you sometimes need more than one treatment of platelet-rich plasma? It depends on the nature of the injury. For example, if there’s a partial tear of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, I often find we may need to do a couple of treatments approximately three to four weeks apart.

Keep in mind that the platelets release their growth factors in the first hour, but platelets can survive in the area that we inject them for up to a week, so they continued to work and continue to provide additional growth factors

I like to see my patient back in the office at about the three to four week mark to re-examine the area of injury. If under ultrasound vision, I can see evidence of some ongoing damage, then I would recommend an additional treatment of platelet-rich plasma. These are typically performed at about three to four week intervals. We can inject an area as often as required in order to obtain a good level of healing.

Learn more about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments for Sports Injuries in Kelowna

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Pagdin is a leading expert in regenerative medicine in Western Canada. Dr. Pagdin is board-certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM) and a Member of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation. His primary interest is preventative and anti-aging medicine using stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.

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