Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins help to decrease unwanted inflammation while also stimulating the healing process. The result is decreased pain and improved function. If you are planning a treatment appointment please complete this form before your visit.

Intra-articular PRP therapy is an effective, natural treatment option for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease where joint inflammation leads to destruction. PRP helps to decrease the level of inflammatory proteins in the joint, resulting in improved pain levels. PRP also increases joint lubrication proteins, which leads to improved function. These injections will be performed using fluoroscopic guidance by one of skilled physician’s assistant. Oregon Imaging offers bundled pricing for multiple treatments as listed below:

  • Single visit, single joint injected: $400
  • Single visit, two joints injected: $650
  • Single visit, three joints injected: $850
  • Three visit bundle, single joint injected: $975
  • Three visit bundle, two joints injected: $1700
  • Three visit bundle, three joints injected: $2250

Repetitive movements can strain tendons and cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in movement.  PRP therapy assists tendon repair and heals the tissue instead of masking the pain.  PRP for tendonitis is typically administered by a specialized radiologist with ultrasound guidance.

  • Single Visit Tendon PRP $650

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is an innovative, all-natural treatment option for tendon injuries and joint pain. It’s a safe, non-surgical treatment that utilizes proteins and growth factors within platelets and plasma from your own blood.

PRP has demonstrated a superior clinical benefit in nurmerous studies when compared to more traditional therapies when treating ailments such as osteoarthritis and tendinopathy. The therapy has been studied for decades, but unfortunately is not utilized more often due to lack of insurance reimbursement. We wanted to provide a cost effective way to offer this therapy to the community.

During your appointment, one of our specialists will draw your blood into collection tubes. These tubes will go through a series of steps in order to isolate your platelets in a small volume of plasma. If this is your first appointment and you are having an intra-articular injection, we will have you fill out a joint specific survey while your blood is being processed. This survey will help us monitor your progress when we ask you to fill the survey out again after 3, 6, and 12 months. One of our clinicians will also come speak with you in order to answer any questions you may have before proceeding with the injection. Lastly, the PRP will be injected into the area of interest, using either fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance.

You will be asked to discontinue the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Aleve) or high-dose aspirin for 5 days prior to your treatment. NSAIDs are asked to be discontinued because they impair platelet function, which may decrease the effectivenss of your PRP. It is also recommended to refrain from smoking as this can cause increased inflammation and limit the success of your therapy. Prior to your procedure, please click on the below link:

PRP Intra-Articular Therapy Information Form

You may experience some discomfort and/or mild swelling after the procedure. Tendon therapies will generally cause more soreness than intra-articular injections. We recommend taking a pain reliever such as Tylenol as needed and using an ice pack if there is any swelling. Please do not take any NSAIDs until after you have finished your series of injections, at which point you may proceed to use NSAIDs as needed. You may return to daily activiites and work at your own discretion. If your pain returns over time, you may benefit from follow-up PRP injections. Please contact us so that we may help provide additional guidance.

PRP-aftercare (PDF)

Q. What is PRP?

A. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a relatively simple process in which the body’s potent healing factors are concentrated from a sample of blood and re-injected into a damaged or injured area (i.e. knee joint). This is a procedure that can be easily performed at our imaging center and takes approximately one hour total time.

Q. How does it work?

A. Platelets possess a treasure trove of healing factors which work to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint space, but more importantly, promotes the body’s natural ability to heal leading to improved function and decreased pain.

Q. How does Oregon Imaging Centers differ from other sites offering PRP injections?

A. Oregon Imaging Centers has world-class subspecialty-trained musculoskeletal radiologists who are dedicated to a culture of professional excellence, uncompromising technical proficiency and compassionate care. Our radiologists use precise ultrasound guided imaging to assure safe and accurate PRP delivery for optimal effectiveness and outcomes.

Q. Who is a good candidate?

A. PRP therapy can be effective in treating pain due to fascial, tendon and ligament injuries. PRP is also effective for osteoarthritis. We do not perform PRP spine injections at Oregon Imaging Centers.

Q. How do I schedule a PRP at Oregon Imaging Centers?

A. Contact us at Oregon Imaging Centers PRP scheduling number (458) 215-4052 and we will help coordinate your care..

Q. Are there any side effects?

A. Since PRP therapy only utilizes your body’s own healing properties there is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection of treatment by the body. However, since the growth factors trigger a complex cascade of healing, swelling and discomfort is expected for up to a week after receiving PRP treatment. Because of this expected ‘healing discomfort’, you should plan to have a friend or family member drive you home from the appointment.

Q. Will insurance cover it?

A. Since insurance companies consider this treatment experimental in the United States, insurance will not pay for treatments at this time. We anticipate that as it becomes more popular and widely available this will eventually change.

Q. Are the injections painful?

A. Some pain should be expected during this procedure, however we do use a minimal amount of Lidocaine to numb the local region.

Q. Will I have swelling or pain after my injections?

A. The initial reaction to a PRP injection varies from a mild-severe inflammatory response, which may present as swelling, redness, and pain. Typically patients experience some discomfort for only 3-5 days. PRP injections trigger your healing response, which starts with inflammation. After injections, many people feel an increase in their pain that typically lasts from 2 days to 2 weeks. Some people have prolonged inflammatory phases, up to 6 weeks. As this first phase inflammation subsides, so does the pain. In the second healing phase, the tissue proliferates: the body assembles “scaffolding”, which takes from days to months. The third phase of healing is maturation: with the scaffolding in place, the tissue fills in, which may take from weeks to years.

Q. How effective is the PRP injection? Will I notice positive results?

A. Results vary. Some people may notice significant pain reduction with one injection, some people may need more than one injection for pain reduction and some people may not notice significant improvement.

Q. When will I be able to exercise after the injections?

A. This will vary depending on your personal fitness level and response to the injection. You should not exercise until the inflammatory response from the injection has subsided. For most patients this will be anywhere from 5-7 days. We suggest starting with low-impact exercises such as walking or elliptical and slowly increasing your activities until you are able to return to your regular workout routine.

Q. Are there any reactions that may occur with medications I am currently taking?

A. There is little risk of reactions to medications, but please let the doctor know if you are on blood-thinning medications since this increases the risk of bleeding. If you are prescribed a medication to ease pain or anxiety there is potential risk that it may interact with your existing medications. For this reason, you should discuss all medications with the physician at your appointment. NO anti inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Motrin, Aleve 7 days prior of post procedure.

Q. Are there any side effects from the injections?

A. Since PRP is a procedure in which your own fluids are injected back into your body, there is no risk of allergic reaction from the injections. The major side effect is the inflammatory response, as previously mentioned.

Q. Can I put ice on the injection site after the injection?

A. You may ice the site, it will not cause harm.

Q. Can I use a devise to immobilize the joint injection site for the first few days to help healing?

A. You may use an immobilizing devise such as a foot/ankle boot, scooter, sling, if you wish.

PRP-Frequently-Asked-Questions (PDF)