PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections in Raleigh, NC
When you’re injured, your body immediately begins a natural healing process to repair the damaged tissue. Platelets migrate to the site of the injury and start releasing inflammatory signals to trigger the immune response that initiates rapid healing.
Platelet-rich therapy, or PRP therapy, introduces a high concentration of platelets to a damaged or injured area. When platelets are introduced, they surround it and prompt an inflammatory response that triggers your body to send out waves of cells to the area to treat pain and possibly stimulate healing.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
For our patients seeking PRP therapy in Raleigh, NC, we begin the process by taking a small amount of blood and isolating the platelet-rich plasma using a centrifuge. Once the PRP is separated, we can inject it into the damaged area, whether it’s a tendon, joint, or ligament, to prompt a mild inflammation.
While it may sound counter-intuitive to inflame an injured area, by stimulating inflammation, your body will send out a greater immune response to heal the area. This is a safe procedure that works using your own immune system to relieve the pain of arthritis, tendonitis, or damage from other conditions.
What about pain relief?
A new study examined many smaller articles relating to pain relief with PRP. Here is the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5260061/
What did it find?
- Intra-articular PRP injections probably are more efficacious in the treatment of knee OA in terms of pain relief and self-reported function improvement at 3, 6, and 12 months follow-up, compared with other injections, including saline placebo, HA, ozone, and corticosteroids.
Here are some other studies:
Why choose PRP over Stem Cells (MSC’s, Umbilical, and Amniotic) first?
Advanced regenerative treatments are NOT covered by insurance, and there are a lot of clinics that use this to take advantage of patients by selling treatments that are misrepresented. Never trust a clinic that promises results that are too good to be true. We at Wake Nonsurgical Ortho & Sports Medicine try to have honest conversations with our patients about our outcomes.
So why choose PRP? There are many reasons that we suggest trying PRP first, but we factor in the cost, patient outcomes, and the actual research that is available. The evidence is actually really good for PRP in reducing pain for various conditions.
Same day spun PRP also contains some stem cells that circulate in the blood. While they may not be in the same concentration as a fat or bone marrow aspirate, we know that stem cells do circulate in human blood.
BEFORE you pay thousands of dollars on advanced regenerative treatments we would suggest talking with Dr. Kanaan about all options and we would suggest trying PRP before jumping straight into stem cells (MSCs, umbilical, amniotic, etc).
What about tissue-advanced regeneration with PRP?
Study showing some regeneration of meniscus. There are limited studies that prove the regeneration of tissue.
Areas of Treatment:
PRP injections can be performed in arthritic joints, injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments all over the body. Some examples of treatment and their studies include:
- PRP for Muscle strains, Hamstring pulls, and tears
- PRP for OCD lesions, Osteochondral lesions
- PRP for Ligament sprains
- PRP for Arthritis Pain (Knees, Hips, Shoulders, etc)
- PRP for Acute tendonitis
- PRP for Chronic tendinopathy (tennis elbow, golfers elbow, patella, Achilles)
- PRP for Post-surgery pain
- PRP for Any joint or soft tissue pain not improved with other treatments
- PRP for SI joint pain
- PRP for patellofemoral pain, runners knee
- PRP for rotator cuff tears
- PRP for meniscus tears
How many PRP injections have you performed?
Dr. Kanaan has performed thousands of PRP injections and uses an ultrasound machine to guide the injection. The blood is drawn and spun the same day in our office.
There are many clinics that advertise PRP injections, but most of them do not have near the experience with PRP as Dr. Kanaan.
Patients Undergoing PRP Therapy in Raleigh See Results!
We have performed thousands of PRP injections over the years and 95% of our Patients are seeing reductions in pain for Arthritis, Injuries, and Chronic Pain. In some cases even complete pain relief.
PRP therapy can sometimes eliminate the need for long-term medication or surgery and improve movement in the area. It does not work for everyone though.
It’s important to note that patients who receive PRP therapy in Raleigh, NC are not “cured” necessarily. We are focusing on elevating your body’s healing process, not necessarily regenerating tissue. There are only a few studies that show tissue regeneration.
What is the cost?
Our current price of PRP is $550.00 per PRP treatment.
*Insurance does not currently cover PRP, despite a growing body of evidence in support of this procedure. We take many payment options.
NOTE TO PATIENTS: If you are interested in PRP, Stem Cells, or Lubricant Injections you will need to schedule a new patient visit to discuss your medical history with Dr. Kanaan first. This is usually covered under your insurance plan. We will sometimes make exceptions for patients traveling over 3 hours to our clinic.
If you have joint pain, or an injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution.