Ultrasound-Guided Platelet Rich Plasma

Ultrasound-Guided Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is the injection of your own concentrated platelets and growth factors, the building blocks for healing, into damaged ligaments or tendons, or arthritic joints.

What is “Ultrasound-Guided” PRP?

At our clinic, a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine is used during the procedure to accurately guide the needle placement into the damaged tissue.

Who can perform PRP?

PRP can be administered by specially-trained nurse practitioners, physicians and naturopaths. Physiotherapists cannot administer PRP.

What is in the Platelet Rich Plasma injection?

Not all PRP systems are the same; EmCyte’s PURE PRP II has been shown, through independently reviewed laboratory analysis, to have superior concentrations of the pro-healing platelets and white blood cells, and the least concentration of red blood cells (which are highly irritating) of any commercially-available PRP system (1); our clinic is the first in Alberta to offer this industry-leading technology.

What happens during a PRP treatment?

This procedure involves drawing blood from your arm and then placing the blood in a centrifuge, in which the platelets and growth factors are concentrated.

Beyond the advantage of having high quality EmCyte PURE Platelet Rich Plasma, it is important to have a comprehensive history and physical exam, coupled with the precision of an ultrasound-guided injection of PRP into the injured tissue; all, of which, are provided at our clinic.

Will PRP help my injury?

Popularized by pro-athletes and Olympians looking to recover faster and better, PRP has many applications for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries that have not completely resolved in the expected 4-month time frame following an injury. The emerging evidence suggests that PRP promotes healing 3 to 5 times faster with less post-treatment pain when compared to injecting your own whole blood (2). Non-athletes, with overuse injuries or a traumatic musculoskeletal injury, also benefit from PRP.

What should I do after a PRP treatment?

After the injection of PRP, it is encouraged to progressively load the injured tissue, as it is healing, to optimize your recovery. Your physiotherapist can assist you by prescribing exercises and supervising your recovery. One must not take anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, or antibiotics while undergoing this procedure.

It is advisable to avoid hot tubs and swimming for 24 to 48 hours after receiving this treatment.

You can expect to have a tolerable post-treatment soreness for up to three days following PRP injections. Heat and continued light physical activity during this period can help recovery.


References

  1. Mandle, R. (2013). Point of Care Preparation of Autologous Platelet Products for Regenerative Medicine: Comparison of Four Market Leading Commercial Methods. An independent review of pre-clinical performance date. BioSciences Research Associates, Inc.
  2. Wang, H. and Avila, G. (2007). Platelet Rich Plasma: Myth or Reality. Eur J. Den. 1(4): 192-194. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2609914/

For more information on PRP, feel free to give our clinic a call at (403) 455-4010 or email us at info@calgarycorephysio.ca.