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.

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.

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

When treating ailments such as osteoarthritis and tendinopathy, PRP has demonstrated a superior clinical benefit in numerous studies when compared to more traditional therapies. Platelet rich plasma therapy has been studied for decades. Unfortunately, it has not been utilized as often due to lack of insurance reimbursement. Our goal is 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.  This process takes about 25 minutes.  Once the plasma is ready, it will be injected using either fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance.  The entire procedure will take about an hour.

You should discontinue the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, and Aleve; as well as Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors such as aspirin or Plavix for 5 days prior to procedure.

PRP-Frequently-Asked-Questions (PDF)

You will likely 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. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, Aleve, etc., should be discontinued for 14 days following the procedure.  You may return to daily activities 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.

If you experience any signs of adverse symptoms including redness, excessive swelling and/or pain, please seek medical treatment. For other non-urgent questions or concerns, please call Oregon Imaging Centers at 541-687-7134 and ask for Administration.