Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy


Most people associate platelets with clot formation. While that certainly is an important function of platelets, they are also very much involved in injury healing. Human platelets are extremely rich in connective tissue growth factors. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulates a natural repair process.  In order to benefit from these natural healing proteins, the platelets must first be concentrated. In other words, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) recreates and stimulates the body’s natural healing process.  PRP is obtained by a blood draw just like you would have if you were donating blood.  


More info on the PRP Procedure 


How Does PRP Work?

Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell. Blood is made up of 93% red cells (RBCs), 6% platelets, 1% white blood cells (WBCs), and plasma. The goal of PRP is to maximize the number or concentration of platelets while minimizing the number of RBCs. Generally speaking, the higher the concentration of platelets, the better. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells which results in healing of the injured tissue.



How Often Are PRP Treatments Given?

The initial procedure takes approximately 1 hour, including preparation and recovery time and are performed in-office. A follow up visit is then scheduled 6 weeks later with Mike Nelson- PA, to check on healing progress. Some patients respond well to just one treatment. However, typically 2-3 treatments are necessary. Injections are given every 4-8 weeks on average.


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What Conditions Benefit From PRP?

  • Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness and full-thickness tears

  • Shoulder pain and instability

  • Tennis & golfer’s elbow

  • Hamstring and hip strains

  • Knee sprains and instability

  • Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendinosis

  • Ankle sprains

  • Achilles tendinosis & plantar fasciitis

  • Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis

  • Sports hernias & athletic pubalgia

  • Other chronic tendon and ligament problems

In addition, PRP can be very helpful for many cases of osteoarthritis (the "wear & tear" kind).

  • Knee arthritis

  • Hip joint arthritis

  • And other joint arthritis


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Are There Risks With PRP?

Anytime a needle is placed anywhere in the body, even getting blood drawn, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. However, these are very rare. Other complications, though rare, can occur depending on the area being treated, and will be discussed with Dr. Chappell before starting treatment. Because PRP uses your own blood, you cannot be allergic to it.


Professional athletes who have used PRP

Rafael Nadal

Spanish Tennis Athlete

Tiger Woods

American Professional Golfer

Alex Rodriguez

NY Yankees, Baseball Athlete

Kobe Bryant

Lakers, Basketball Athlete