PRP For Sports Injury
Using PRP to treat a wide variety of sports injuries.
PRP Treatment for Sports Injuries
We have excellent evidence from the medical literature for the benefits of PRP injections for treating lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), with moderate evidence for treating patellar tendons and plantar fasciitis, and emerging evidence for conditions such as bursitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ligament sprains. We also use PRP quite successfully for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders), carpal tunnel syndrome, and mild arthritis.
PRP can also be used in acute muscle tears, but these must be treated within 10 – 14 days of the injury.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
For soft tissue injuries, the healing benefit can be permanent. For osteoarthritis, benefits may wear off after 6-9 months.
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.
From start to finish, treatment takes a little over one hour. Pain is very minimal as we have very effective local anesthetics.
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.
Given that the platelets release their growth factors within the first hour after injection, improvement can happen quite quickly: within 1-2 weeks.
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.
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.
The procedure can be repeated if necessary, as symptoms dictate.
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.
PRP for sports injuries and osteoarthritis cost $800 per treatment.
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