Platelet-Rich Plasma

ImageGwinnett Medical Center’s General Imaging department is committed to providing the latest technology to transform healthcare. With the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), an emerging nonsurgical procedure for pain management, we are continuing to offer even more of the services and needs of our growing community.

What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new treatment used for some common orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries. PRP is a concentration of platelet cells taken from your blood, and these platelets have growth factors that may help in the healing process of chronic injuries. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a healing response. By a physician injecting PRP into areas of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize your body's ability to heal the chronic condition.

What Conditions Does PRP Treat?
PRP has been used to help with wound healing and to stimulate bone formation in spinal fusion surgery cases. Recently, PRP has been used in outpatient settings for treatment of common overuse conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Ligaments

How Is PRP Obtained?
PRP is obtained from the patient. Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the patient's arm and placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The physician extracts the platelet-rich portion of the blood and injects this into the area of injury.

How Is PRP Injected?
PRP injections are given as soon as the blood has been spun and the platelets have separated. A teaspoon or two of the PRP is injected into the damaged area with the help of ultrasound guidance. The entire PRP injection takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets up to 500%. Sometimes PRP injections are given as a series of injections over a span of several weeks.

Want to Learn More?
Please read about PRP and Dr. Val Phillips at Gwinnett Medical Center in the Spring 2010 Vim & Vigor

Gwinnett Medical Center Imaging has three convenient Atlanta-area locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth or Hamilton Mill. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 678-312-3444.