A popular therapy that uses a patient’s own cells to help the body heal itself is now available at Wray Community District Hospital.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) uses injections of a patient’s plasma- the liquid portion of blood- to accelerate natural tissues growth. Blood is drawn, then processed in a filter that concentrates the platelets to nine times the concentration found in whole blood. Using a small syringe and ultrasound for guidance, the plasma is injected directly into the area of injury.
Patients should allow 4 to 6 weeks for it to become effective and provide pain relief and results typically last 6 to 12 months or longer.
Patients who are good candidates for PRP have injured tendons, ligaments, or joints. Candidates may also include patients who suffer from mild to moderate arthritis or tendinitis. Any injury could potentially benefit from PRP. PRP can also preserve the joints and slow the onset of early degenerative disease.
Payments are due before injections. PRP is not covered by insurance.