If you have a sports injury, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may reduce or eliminate your need for surgery by stimulating your body’s natural healing response. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons Craig H. Dushey, MD, and Edmond Cleeman, MD provide PRP injections at Manhattan Orthopedics, with locations in Midtown West Manhattan and Astoria in New York. To discover the benefits of PRP injections, call your nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that comes from your own blood and is processed to contain a higher concentration of healing proteins called growth factors. Your blood primarily consists of a liquid (plasma), but it also contains solids such as blood cells and platelets.
You may be familiar with platelets’ role in forming blood clots. Platelets also contain hundreds of specialized proteins called growth factors that are important to your body’s healing process.
PRP contains 5-10 times the amount of growth factors as normal blood. When Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman injects an injured or diseased joint with PRP, it accelerates healing.
First, Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman or another provider at Manhattan Orthopedics takes a small amount of blood from your arm. They process the blood in a centrifuge to separate the PRP. Then, Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman inject the PRP into the treatment area. The PRP helps your tissues heal faster.
Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman may use PRP as a first line of treatment for a wide range of sports injuries that may otherwise require surgery. Common conditions he treats with PRP include:
If surgery is necessary, Dr. Dushey may recommend PRP injections to help you heal faster after your procedure.
Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman carefully review your medical history and perform a physical exam to make sure that PRP is right for you. He explains what to expect based on your specific condition.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Dushey and Dr. Cleeman may use an imaging technique, such as ultrasound, to guide the injection to the precise location or tissue damage. As with any injection, this procedure involves a slight stinging sensation.
After your PRP injection, pain and swelling may increase for the first week or two. This is a normal part of your body’s healing response and not a cause for concern. Most people notice improvement several weeks after a PRP injection.
To find out if PRP is right for you, call Manhattan Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.