Corpus Christi
Rheumatology Clinic

Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated paltelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins and growth factors which initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.

Has any public figure had PRP procedures?
Koby Bryant the NBA superstar had PRP procedures perfromed in July of 2011 for his ongoing ankle issue.

What are the Potential Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections?
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient when the patient arrvies for the procedure. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which spins and produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 45 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%.

When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament causing mild inflamation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new tissue begins to develop. As this tissue matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strentghening of the targeted tendons or ligaments.

Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon,  ligament , or carttilage injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The steroid injection provides temporary relief with no healing of tissue. In comparison, PRP develops new tissue to provide healing. The procedure is less agressive and less expensive than surgery. It heals tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degneration of the tissues.

Ultrsound Guidance
Dr. Pop-Moody utilizes Ultrsound guidance to identify the injured area and make a diagnosis for the reason of your pain. The ultrasound allows the PRP to be injected directly into the damaged area.

How many treatments & how often?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require 3-4 sets of injections. Each injection is spaced approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have, the risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.

What can be treated with PRP?  
PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligamnets. Sports injuires, osteoarthritic joints, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, muscle tears, meniscus injurry, rotator cuff tears, plantar faciitis and iliotibial band syndrome may be effectively treated with PRP.

How soon can I get back to regular physical activites?
PRP therapy helps to regenerate tendons and ligaments but  is not a quick fix. This therapy is stimulating the growth and repair of tendons and ligaments requiring time and rehabilitation. Some procedures require  longer recovery time than others with the average 3 to 4 weeks,
After your procedure, Dr. Pop-Moody will give you guidance on when to resume normal physical activity.

How do I prepare for my PRP injection?
You are restricted from the use of non-steroid anti-inflamatory medications (NSAIDs) one week prior to the procedure and throughout the course of the treatments.

What can I expect after my injection?
Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Most patients only require some extra-strentgh Tylenol to help with the pain. Ice and heat may be applied as needed.
- After the first week,  patients may start a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. Aggressive physical activity is discouraged.

Will my insurance cover the PRP cost?
The majority of insurance companies consider paltelet rich plasma injections as emerging technology and do NOT cover the service. Our staff will review your insurance benefits and discuss this information with you prior to scheduling the appointment. 


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