Effective Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment

What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?

PRP is derived from a sample of your own blood, which has been centrifuged. The red blood cells and platelet poor cells are separated from the rich cells with growth factors and cytokines. These stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. Concentrated PRP contains:

  • Platelet derived growth factor
  • Fibroblast growth factor
  • Insulin-like growth factor 1 and 2
  • Vascular growth factor
  • Epidermal growth factor
  • Keratin and connective growth factor
  • Interleukin 8

What are the benefits of PRP?

PRP is used to treat conditions such as:

  • Nerve injury
  • Bone repair
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Bursitis

Frequency of Treatment

Response to PRP treatment may vary from person to person. For simple injuries, one injection may be effective. More chronic conditions may require more than one treatment. You and the doctor will discuss a care plan together.

Effectiveness of PRP

PRP has shown promising results in early trials. Negative clinical results are often associated with inadequate spin and capture devices. PRP has been used extensively in sports medicine and has promising results. It is also being used in the cosmetic area of practice.

How is my PRP prepared?

After drawing off a small amount of blood from your arm, the blood sample is spun in a centrifuge in our office. We use a sterile, single-use device, which is specially designed for PRP separation. The device is free of contamination and uses bio-compatible material.

After spinning off the red cells and separating them from the platelet poor cells, the doctor or nurse draw up the plasma with large amounts of growth factors for re-injection into the area that is to be treated.

PRP for Special Medical Conditions

Please alert your doctor or medical staff if you have a low platelet count or have received:

  • Blood thinners
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) within 2 weeks of procedure
  • A steroid injection

Cost of Treatment

The cost of treatment covers:

  • Disposable cartridge
  • Disposable tubing
  • Nurse’s time
  • Doctor’s time
  • Operation of centrifuge
  • Syringes

This procedure is not covered by your Alberta health care plan. It may be covered by a third-party health spending plan, but that will be up to each patient to check.

Post-Treatment Recovery

When recovering from PRP treatment, you will need to modify daily activity for 24-48 hours. If you're experiencing pain, you may intermittently use Tylenol® and ice. Aleve® may be used one month after injection. Remember not to use NSAIDs (like Aspirin® or Advil®).

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Cosmetic Medical Clinic and Vein Clinic

Suite 101, 225 Carleton Drive

St. Albert, AB T8N 4J9


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Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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