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The treatment method operates through injecting the patient’s own blood into the affected area, which introduces a concentrated amount platelets and growth factors that help speed up recovery. PRP has been proven to be effective for both chronic as well as acute tendon and join diseases.
PRP treatment has been proven effective in treating the following:
Determining the injection site
The exact injured areas are identified through the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound, eliminating all guesswork. This process, compared to traditional methods, has been proven to be far more effective and targeted.
The Injection Process
During injection, the needle is visualized by ultrasound and advanced under direct visualization to the exact location. Then the PRP solution is injected while observing on the screen the spread in the targeted area. Coupled with the use of autologous platelets, PRP treatment is considered one of the most effective treatment methods for both chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries.
Patients may experience soreness and achiness for 2-3 days after the injection, but it will gradually improve.
For 3-4 weeks it's important to avoid any anti-inflammatory medications like Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Voltaren, Aspirin or steroids because the beneficial effects of PRP may be hindered.
Light exercise and day to day normal activities are permitted but extensive exercises including heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a week, then consult with me.
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Marcello Sammarone, M.D.