Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP injections are office procedures which can be used to stimulate a healing response and reduce pain for certain chronic musculoskeletal problems. PRP is created from your own blood which is collected in the office just like a routine laboratory blood test. It is then concentrated and re-injected into the painful area, often with ultra-sound guidance. PRP can also be used in the operating room to augment healing.
There is increasing data on the utility of PRP injections for certain conditions:
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Partial elbow ulnar collateral ligament tears
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Mild knee arthritis
- Mild hip arthritis
However, not all patients meet criteria for or would benefit from these injections. Additionally, insurance companies do not cover the cost of the injections so there is an out-of-pocket expense.
If you are interested, then please make a clinic appointment to see Dr. Burrus and discuss if a PRP injection is an option for you.