PRP Therapy Doctor in Westchester County

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What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is a non-surgical regenerative treatment option for chronic pain and certain injuries. The therapy uses PRP injections that are made from your own blood supply to facilitate your body’s natural healing process. Joint, tendon, and ligament injuries that do not have sufficient blood supply may heal poorly due to an insufficient blood supply. In these cases, the injury may lead to chronic pain and long-term weakness in the affected area. At Specialty Orthopaedics, we are at the forefront of innovative regenerative medicine techniques, helping our patients fully heal using the body’s natural processes.

Why is PRP therapy used?

We may recommend PRP therapy for patients who are suffering from any of the following problems:

What does PRP therapy involve?

what does PRP involve

PRP therapy involves the following general steps:

  • A small amount of your blood is drawn, similar to a routine blood exam.
  • The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins at a high speed to separate your red blood cells and platelets.
  • The platelets are extracted to create the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) solution.
  • The PRP solution is injected directly into the injured area.

The entire process takes just a short office visit and you will be free to return to your regular routine after. At Specialty Orthopaedics, we prioritize educating our patients about their procedures and ensuring that you have all the tools and information you need for the smoothest possible recovery. We will spend time with you following your procedure discussing your next steps and will monitor your recovery over time.

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What are the benefits of having PRP therapy?

Undergoing PRP therapy with Specialty Orthopaedics has many benefits, which include:

  • Chronic pain relief
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Enhances your natural healing process
  • Helps treat the actual problem rather than the symptoms
  • Treatment performed by experienced and caring orthopedic specialists
  • Evidence-based and innovative approaches to regenerative medicine
  • Affiliated with some of the best orthopedic hospitals in the country

Is there anything to avoid before having PRP therapy?

You won’t be able to have any corticosteroid medications for 2 to 3 weeks before your PRP procedure. You’ll also need to stop taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil for one week prior to your session. The same is true for aspirin and any blood thinning medications. Any arthritis medication such as Celebrex will also need a week break.

How long do you need to rest after having PRP injections?

You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours and possibly longer after your PRP injections at Specialty Orthopaedics. This especially involves the joint that was treated. It’s important to leave the joint calm and at rest, as this allows the platelets to attach and begin their healing work. We also advise avoiding alcohol and caffeine for 3 days after your session.

Is there anyone who should not have PRP treatments?

There are few limitations on who can receive PRP injections to help with joint pain. These are the only conditions that would preclude a patient from eligibility:

  • Abnormal platelet function or a low platelet count
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • An active infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain blood or bleeding disorders

How long does it take for PRP injections to work?

These injections at Specialty Orthopaedics do not provide instant results. The benefits of PRP injection therapy can take between 4 and 6 weeks to become noticeable for the patient. From there, the PRP continues to boost healing capacity of the injured or damaged joint for anywhere from 6 to 9 months.

Are PRP injections painful?

There can be some pain involved with these injections. When injected into a joint, there is little or no pain. There can be some pain when injecting PRP into a tendon. We can first numb the area with local anesthetic, but there is some thinking that this can decrease the effectiveness of the PRP. Still, if you feel the need, we can do that.

These injections can cause temporary inflammation, pain, and swelling. This can be mitigated with the use of a cold compress for 10-20 minutes several times a day for the first day or two after your session. Avoid anti-inflammatory medication, however.

How long do the effects of PRP last?

PRP treatment with our team at Specialty Orthopaedics offers our patients with a long lasting, permanent solution that will not wear off over time, as with a traditional pain injection like cortisone. Once injected into the injured tendon, muscle, or joint, the growth factors and other healing components of PRP get to work healing the damage. This is permanent repair. Of course, how each individual’s body responds can vary, but these are effective treatments.

How many PRP injection treatments will I need?

Many of our patients respond well to a single PRP treatment, feeling their pain is dramatically decreased. Others require two or three PRP injections into the injured area to experience the maximum amount of pain relief. After your first PRP session, we will want to check on you in a few weeks to ascertain if you’ll need another session.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in PRP therapy, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

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Dr. Steven Zelicof

Joint Replacement & Arthritis Specialist

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