Platelet Rich Plasma

Dr. Truong has extensive experience in the non-operative management of musculoskeletal injuries. She has been using PRP and regenerative cell therapy since 2007.

PRP Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma

Most of us have thrown our back out or hurt our knee at some point. While there are many treatments out there that may be able to provide some relief and healing, many people have become dissatisfied with treatments that just don’t work.

That is why we at Truong Rehabilitation Center are proud to offer you Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), a natural healing therapy that’s made from your own blood and may provide treatment with minimal downtime and long-lasting results.

To learn more about PRP, call (540) 374-3164 or contact us online today!

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy uses a blood sample to create a serum of plasma with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors, which are natural elements that the body uses in the healing process. Once prepared, the PRP is injected into the injured area in hopes of initiating quick healing and recovery.

Platelet-Rich plasma is used to treat a number of different conditions and sports injuries, such as:

  • Arthritic joints (knee, shoulder, hips, ankle, foot)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Low back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis

The desired end result of PRP therapy is restoration of structure and function of an injured tendon, muscle or joint cartilage, significantly reducing pain and allowing it to bear greater stress.

PRP Benefits

Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment may offer benefits that similar therapies like cortisone injections may not, such as:

  • Potential stimulation of bone, muscle and soft tissue healing
  • It may be a natural approach to healing ligament, tendon and joint injuries
  • The procedure might be less aggressive and less expensive than surgery
  • PRP may heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and prevent further tissue degeneration
  • Research and clinical data suggest that PRP injections have a minimal risk of side effects
  • PRP may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments, such as long-term medication or surgery

PRP Procedure

To prepare a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection, a small amount of your blood is taken. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun at high speed for about 40 minutes to separate the cells and proteins that induce healing from the other components of the blood. The resulting liquid containing platelets and growth factors is Platelet-Rich Plasma. When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it causes mild inflammation that triggers the healing process. As a result, new collagen may begin to form.

PRP Injection Recovery

While responses to Platelet-Rich Plasma will vary, most people might require anywhere from one to three treatments. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have if the treatments are spaced appropriately, and the risks and side effects of PRP do not change with the number of injections.

Recovery time from PRP treatment is minimal, with a quicker return to non-strenuous work. The injection site will swell and hurt as the PRP causes inflammation, and you may need to wear a brace or sling to protect and immobilize the affected area and apply cold compress a few times a day to help decrease the pain and swelling. Full recovery usually takes about 12 weeks, though you may start feeling less pain after about 2-4 weeks.

Request Your Appointment Today!

There is no need to suffer through treatments that just don’t work. We at Truong Rehabilitation Center offer our patients PRP therapy with hopes of providing them with the best treatment possible.

To learn more about PRP, call (540) 374-3164 or contact us online today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is PRP Treatment?

Platelet-Rich Plasma uses injections of blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors in hopes of stimulating healing and tissue growth in injured areas of the body.

Does PRP Work?

Research and clinical data suggest that PRP injections are safe, and have a minimal risk of side effects or complications.

What Should I Expect After PRP Injection?

While the injection site will swell and hurt as the PRP shot causes inflammation, recovery time from treatment is minimal, with a quicker return to work and exercise.

How Fast Does PRP Work?

You may start feeling less pain week 2-4 weeks, with maximum recovery by 12 weeks.

How Many PRP Injections are Needed?

While responses to Platelet-Rich Plasma will vary, most people may require anywhere from one to three treatments. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have if the treatments are spaced appropriately, and the risks and side effects of PRP do not change with the number of injections.