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How do PRP Joint Injections Work?

By: Linda Spencer


PRP joint injections are a nonsurgical treatment for patients with inflammation and joint pain. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a concentrated source of cells that help speed up the healing process. So, how does this work, and who is a candidate for this advanced kind of therapy?

Nurse practitioner Linda Spencer and the professionals at Spencer Wellness Centre can explain the PRP injection process during a consultation in Indianapolis, IN. Read on to learn more, or call to schedule an appointment for pain management. We can provide the latest and best treatment solutions available.

How do you make platelet-rich plasma?

Pain and inflammation are common among people with certain sports injuries (such as golf and tennis elbow) or health conditions like arthritis. Unfortunately, this causes problems with movement, making it challenging to perform daily tasks and activities.

Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of platelets and growth factors. Platelets are small cells in the blood that help with clotting and healing. They also release growth factors, which are proteins that stimulate the healing of bones and tissues.

To make PRP, a small sample of the patient's blood is drawn. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood to separate the platelets from the other unnecessary components. The concentrated platelets are then carefully injected into the injured area.

How does the injection process work?

PRP injections are administered during a simple in-office appointment at Spencer Wellness Centre in Indianapolis, IN. Our experienced nurse practitioner will clean the injection site to remove any oils and bacteria. The blood draw takes a few minutes, and patients should not experience unnecessary discomfort.

The blood is placed into a centrifuge machine and processed to create platelet-rich plasma. It takes about 45 – 90 minutes to receive treatment based on the number of joints involved in your treatment. We then provide information about recovery and schedule follow-up PRP sessions as needed.

Recovering from PRP injections

Patients may have mild bruising and sensitivity near the injection sites, but side effects are alleviated with a cool compress and anti-inflammatory medication. A brace may be used to stabilize the area and prevent further injury. Our detailed instructions for at-home care will be provided during the appointment.

Who is a candidate for PRP injections?

The best candidates for platelet-rich plasma are those who have tried other conservative treatments like physical therapy, rest, and ice/heat therapies and experience no real relief from their pain. Other candidates are uninterested in invasive options like surgery. Nurse practitioner Linda Spencer can review your medical history and current symptoms to determine if you benefit from this cutting-edge treatment.

PRP is known to be an effective treatment for:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle sprains/strains
  • Ligament injuries

Best of all, PRP injections are nonsurgical and do not require much downtime. Patients can return to normal activities as soon as the injection sites have healed.

Try PRP injections for joint pain

Joint pain and inflammation do make everyday activities difficult. Platelet-rich plasma is a natural and effective way to promote healing and reduce pain. Call Spencer Wellness Centre in Indianapolis, IN to schedule an appointment with nurse practitioner Linda Spencer. We are proud to offer PRP injections and other cutting-edge therapies to help patients get back to their virtually pain-free lives.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.