PRP injections can be helpful for knee pain or recovering from knee injuries.

What are PRP Injections?

The surgeon and staff draw blood – typically from the arm – and transfer it to special syringe device that allows us to centrifuge and separate out the blood platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood.  The platelets are known to contain anti-inflammatory and growth or healing factors.  PRP has anti-inflammatory capacity, which makes it good for arthritis management.  The process of concentrating the plasma and platelets is performed right in the office.  The surgeon then injects the PRP back into the site of pain, injury or osteoarthritis.

Who should try PRP Injections?

OrthoNebraska may recommend this treatment for active adults with knee arthritis or with acute muscle or tendon injuries. PRP injections are a newer treatment that have been tested extensively in large-scale trials, especially for osteoarthritis.  These trials demonstrate both the safety and the effectiveness of PRP for knee arthritis.  It is also helpful for certain tendon injuries including partial tears of patellar tendon, plantar fasciitis, and elbow tendinitis.  However, insurance plans will not yet cover this type of new treatment. Currently, each injection costs $675 at OrthoNebraska.

Do PRP Injections work?

Early research has demonstrated that PRP injections are effective for pain management and osteoarthritis. OrthoNebraska typically recommends PRP injections after an individual has not experienced the desired results from corticosteroid injections and/or hyaluronic injections. There is no higher risk of minor complications when compared to typical knee injections like cortisone.  Individuals who are interested in PRP injections for arthritis or tendon injuries are encouraged to ask their orthopedic surgeon regarding this treatment opportunity.

What can I expect when I have PRP Injections?

PRP injections are performed in an office setting rather than the hospital.  The injections may cause a temporary local irritation of 5-30 minutes, similar to knee injections. Ice packs or over-the-counter pain medication should suffice for treating any irritation.

Arthritis pain improvement occurs typically within a few days similar to cortisone injections.

It is not necessary to stop aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines before or after PRP injections.