PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection
Central Jersey Hand Surgeryis now proud to offer PRP therapy in our office. PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is an innovative, non-surgical treatment used for a variety of hand and upper extremity problems. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the body's own cells, protein and growth factors to relieve pain by accelerating the body's natural healing response of damaged tissue and joints. PRP may help you avoid surgery.
This treatment is performed in our Eatontown office. A small amount of blood is drawn from a vein in your arm or hand. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the red blood cells and concentrates it. The platelet rich plasma is then injected into the affected area. Because a patient's own blood is used, there is no risk of rejection.
Growth factors are released by the concentrated platelets and a natural healing response is stimulated. Damaged cells are healed by macrophages and tissues are rebuilt by stem cells. After healing, pain is reduced and function is restored.
At Central Jersey Hand Surgery, PRP can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Elbow pain: tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, elbow tendinitis
- Wrist pain: wrist tendinitis, wrist ligament tear, wrist arthritis
- Thumb pain: Basal joint arthritis
At the annual American Association for Orthopaedic Surgery Meeting in 2017 a study was presented comparing PRP injections to cortisone injections for pain relief in patients with basal joint arthritis.
At 6-month follow-up, patients in the PRP group showed a 90 percent decrease in pain from baseline, while the steroid group showed an 8 percent increase. The PRP group also had significantly better function scores (P < 0.001) and increased MP joint flexion, grip strength, and pinch strength at 6 months, compared to the steroid group. No serious adverse events occurred in any of the patients.
Autoclave used to concentrate platelets
Increased concentration of platelets in PRP compared to normal plasma
PRP being prepared for injection
2 Industrial Way West, 2nd Floor
Eatontown, NJ 07724-2265
535 Iron Bridge Road
Freehold, NJ 07728-5301
780 Route 37 West, Suite 140
Toms River, NJ 08755-6431