The NEW and improved PRP system is designed for the safe and rapid preparation of Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) from a small sample of blood at the patient point of care. This new process removes virtually all contaminating cells and is independent of operator technique.
PRP is a solution of plasma and platelets where the platelet concentration is 2-3 times higher than whole blood. PRP is used to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, as well as other musculoskeletal problems. PRP is then converted to PRFM through a controlled process, creating a scaffold that serves to protect and preserve platelets.
What is the difference between PRP/PRFM and whole blood healing?
As part of the body’s capacity to heal itself, platelets and other components in human blood will migrate to a site of injury to initiate and promote healing. Generally, whole blood can perform numerous functions to heal and restore the body, but as the body gets older, it produces less plasma and platelets, and this functionality is diminished. PRP/PRFM is an enhanced process that can concentrate the platelets to promote healing. By concentrating platelets to a specific site of injury, physicians are able to accelerate the reparative process.
PRP is a safe non-invasive treatment option with little to no risk because it is an autologous procedure; meaning that it is derived for your own body, so there is no risk of rejection.
After receiving PRP injections, it is recommended to refrain from strenuous physical activity for the first 30 days. However, normal day-to-day activities may begin after two days of rest and recovery. Your physician may instruct you with further restrictions based on your specific injury and procedure.
How many sessions does it take?
A total of three sessions are recommended for treatment, with one session every three to six months dependent on your specific injury.
What results can I expect from PRP?
PRP injections can aid in relieving chronic pain and injuries that are not responsive to other treatments, reduce symptoms of tendonitis and osteoarthritis, as well as heal conditions such as plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee. PRP is especially beneficial and appropriate for treating degenerative diseases. Many patients experience results within a few days, but the complete restorative process may take up to three to four weeks.
How do I know if I am a candidate for PRP?
PRP is recommended for patients who have moderate osteoarthritis in the shoulder, knee, or hip, or for those who suffer from chronic tendinitis in the ankle or elbow and other sites that your doctor may advise you on. When in doubt, ask innova Pain Center.
Will my insurance cover PRP?
This procedure is covered in part by some insurance premiums. Contact our Billing Specialist at (281) 922-0400 ext: 107 to receive assistance or guidance in submitting your claim for treatment coverage. Ask us about available financing options.