What is an injection of platelet-rich plasma?
Injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into a joint space or tendon is an increasingly common and proven treatment method for pain relief. It has several indications and involves very few risks. The use of a medical imaging device (ultrasound or fluoroscopy) allows the injection site to be precisely targeted while avoiding contact with nerves and blood vessels as much as possible.
The procedure is performed in aseptic conditions by a radiologist aided by a technologist or an assistant.
The radiologist takes a blood sample from the patient, then centrifuges it in a test tube containing a gel that separates the platelet-rich plasma from the red and white blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is then collected by the radiologist and injected under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance into the area to be treated. The beneficial effect may take a few weeks to be felt, but rarely more than a month.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is obtained from a blood test. The blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the layer rich in platelets. It is then injected into the patient at the site to be treated to promote rapid tissue repair and treat pain. The effectiveness of PRP injections has been demonstrated in several situations.
It is possible to inject in several places:
- Ankle and feet
- Vertebral column: cervical, dorsal or lumbar
- Hip and pelvis
- Wrist and hand
Book an appointment
Make sure you have your doctor’s prescription on hand to book an appointment for an infiltration.