PRP For Sports Injury

Using PRP to treat a wide variety of sports injuries.

PRP Treatment for Sports Injuries

Platelet-rich plasma is particularly good for helping to heal soft tissue injuries, including tendons and ligaments and muscles.

We will use platelet-rich plasma in the shoulder for issues of the rotator cuff. That would involve supraspinatus, infraspinatus or biceps. At the elbow, we deal with golfer's elbow and tennis elbow. At the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome. In the lower limbs around the knees, the ligaments, including medial collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament, as well as the patellar tendon. In the ankle, the achilles tendon, in the sole of the foot, the Plantar Fascia.

We have also used platelet-rich plasma quite successfully after surgical repair of a soft tissue. If you've had a biceps tear or a tendon or ligament injury that has been repaired surgically, we can come in with platelet-rich plasma shortly afterwards to help to foster some additional healing.

We have found PRP very helpful for:

  • Rotator cuff tendons
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Knee ligament sprains
  • Ankle ligament sprains
  • Patellar tendon
  • Achilles tendon
  • Plantar Fasciitis
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We also use PRP for acute muscle injuries (10 - 14 days post-injury) and to enhance healing of soft tissues after orthopedic surgery (10 - 14 days post-op).

We do not use PRP for back pain here at Pagdin Health in Kelowna.

What types of sports injuries can be treated with PRP?

What is involved with a PRP treatment for sports injuries?

Where do you get the platelet-rich plasma for a sports injury treatment?

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We will be happy to set up a 15 minute no-charge consultation for you. This can be either at our Kelowna office or by telephone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions respond well to PRP treatments?

There is excellent level one evidence for the merits of PRP in mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis of the knee, and for tennis elbow.  There is also a good level of evidence for benefit in patellar tendons and plantar fasciitis, and emerging evidence for its usefulness in rotator cuff injuries, ankle sprains and other  osteoarthritic joints.

Why is PRP a good treatment option?

PRP is sourced from your body and is superior to either cortisone or hyaluronic acid.  It is full of growth factors that can accelerate healing.

How long do patients benefit after a PRP treatment?

For soft tissue injuries, the healing benefit can be permanent. For osteoarthritis, benefits may wear off after 6-9 months.

What happens during a PRP treatment?

Blood is drawn from your arm, and spins in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets.  The purified platelets are then injected into the area of injury, usually guided by ultrasound.

How long does the treatment take and does it hurt?

From start to finish, treatment takes a little over one hour.  Pain is very minimal as we have very effective local anesthetics.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the injury, and the response to the first injection.  In many cases, only one injection is needed, but for certain conditions, 2-3 treatments may be required.

How long after the initial treatment will I start to notice improvement?

Given that the platelets release their growth factors within the first hour after injection, improvement can happen quite quickly: within 1-2 weeks.

What medications/supplements should I avoid before and after the treatment?

Avoid all anti-inflammatories for 48 hours prior to the procedure, and 7-10 days post treatment with PRP.  This applies equally to over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and Aleve, as well as prescription NSAIDS like Naproxen, Voltaren, and Celebrex, together with anti-inflammatory supplements like Omega 3, Curcumin, Boswellia, and White Willow Bark.

When can I resume physical activity?

Resume activities as soon as comfort allows, usually the very next day, but avoid high impact such as running or jumping sports for 1-2 weeks.

How often should I repeat the procedure?

The procedure can be repeated if necessary, as symptoms dictate.

Do I need any imaging or lab work done before having a PRP treatment?

If we are using PRP for an arthritic joint, an X-ray within the past 1-2 years is required.  We also require a CBC (complete blood count) drawn within the last 3-6 months. If you do not have either of these please contact our office for assistance.

What is the cost of each PRP treatment?

PRP for sports injuries and osteoarthritis cost $800 per treatment.

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