Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Getting a platelet rich plasma treatment, known as a PRP injection, can help with all kinds of bone and soft tissue problems. San Diego’s leading orthopedic surgeon, Oke Anakwenze, MD, helps many patients recover from arthritis, sports injuries, or other types of trauma using PRP shots. His practice, Olympus Orthopedic Medical Group, provides the most modern orthopedic treatments in Southern California. You may see improvement after just one PRP treatment. Call the office to schedule your appointment, or book it online.
PRP Injection Q & A
What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a healing solution made from your own blood. It starts out with a simple blood draw, just like you’d get for lab work. Dr. Anakwenze puts your blood sample into a centrifuge, which spins your blood, separating all the components.
He combines the concentrated platelets and the liquid plasma in a syringe. This solution is the PRP, which is full of components that help new cells heal, multiply, and develop. Then Dr. Anakwenze simply injects the PRP directly into your injured area.
Which types of injuries can PRP help treat?
You can have PRP injected into just about any area that’s injured, or breaks down from a degenerative condition, such as arthritis. Because the concentrated solution is made up of your own blood cells and plasma, the risk of side effects is very low. PRP has been shown to improve:
- Rotator cuff issues
- Achilles tendinosis
- Muscle injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries
- Hamstring tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Severe ankle sprains
Is there any downtime with a PRP injection?
Yes, but it’s short. You have to take it easy for a few days after your PRP injection and avoid any exercise or rehabilitation program. This gives the specialized platelets time to work and start healing your injury. Dr. Anakwenze lets you know exactly how many days you should avoid strenuous activity. Usually you can return to all of your normal activities within about two weeks.
Will I need more than one injection?
Possibly. It takes several weeks to see how well you respond to the PRP injection. Many men and women notice a dramatic improvement in pain and inflammation with just one treatment. In severe cases though, you could need up to three or more injections to get the best results.
Because Dr. Anakwenze has performed PRP injection procedures on so many patients, he can assess whether you need more than one PRP session. Even if you do need multiple injections, you can easily schedule the visits during your lunch break because the entire process typically takes less than an hour.