Stem Cell Therapy Little Rock AR | Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

FAQs on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Round Rock TX


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Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is used to treat many bone and joint conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis and often in conjunction with stem cell treatment.

This involves administration of PRP to help heal muscles, tendons and ligaments in Round Rock TX.


How is PRP collected?

PRP involves collecting some of the patient’s blood, just like a lab draw from the arm. The 30-60 cc sample is then placed into a kit, which goes into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood.

How is the PRP injection done?

The provider will clean the area to be injected with an antiseptic. The PRP is then injected, typically using real-time x-ray (fluoroscopy) or ultrasound  to assure correct needle placement.

How does PRP work?

The platelet-rich plasma contains three predominant cell types – platelets, growth factors, and white blood cells. Platelets assist throughout the healing process, while white blood cells promote the first phase of healing, which is inflammation. The growth factors stimulate tissue recovery by enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, increasing collagen production, and motivating gene and protein expression. 


Growth factors also stimulate new blood flow, causing cartilage to become more resilient and firm. In addition, PRP activates tendon cells – tenocytes, which are cells that produce collagen. The collagen then repairs ligaments, tendons, muscle, and cartilage.

Do I notice immediate results after PRP therapy?

You may notice increased pain in the first few days after the PRP injection. Patients typically gain increased strength and endurance, which increases gradually. Over time, patients often have increased functional mobility and ability, with patients reporting improvement over the course of three to nine months following the injection. According to ultrasound or MRI images, patients had noticeable improved tissue repair after 12 months, which supports proof of healing.

What injuries respond to PRP therapy?

PRP Therapy for Tennis ElbowThe following injuries are treated with PRP therapy:

  • Hamstring
  • Rotator cuff
  • Quadriceps
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Tendonitis – achilles, knee, shoulder, elbow
  • Achilles tendon
  • Tennis elbow

Can PRP therapy replace surgery?

According to some research reports, PRP therapy can delay surgical intervention. In addition, when treating chronic conditions, it is impossible to predict which conditions will respond to PRP and which ones will not. An incompletely healed chronic condition is characterized by scar tissue within the ligament, tendon, and/or muscle.


This often leads to impaired joint function, leaving the treatment site susceptible to re-injury. In some cases, the healing process is disrupted by lack of blood flow. When PRP is used in combination with physical therapy and reconditioning, it improves the chances of healing and decreases the risk for degeneration. A positive result often leads to a diminished need for surgery.

What conditions are successfully treated using PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma has been used to successfully treat many chronic conditions. The standard treatment regimen has proven useful for treating:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitisPRP Therapy Chicago
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Ligament tears
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Iliotibial band tendinitis
  • Golfer’s and tennis elbow
  • Ilio-psoas tendinitis
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis
  • Partially torn or strained major knee ligaments
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Peroneal tendinitis

In addition, the treatment has also been used in conjunction with stem cell therapy. It acts as a potentiator of the treatment.

What is the success rate of PRP therapy?

In a study involving platelet-rich plasma therapy for the treatment of epicondylitis, the procedure was found to have a 90% success rate. Of the 30 patients treated, the majority reported a decrease in pain along with improvement of functional status.

Additional studies of PRP have shown exceptional benefit for additional bone and joint conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, achilles pain and more!


Hechtman KS, Uribe JW, van Demden A, et al. (2011). Platelet-rich Plasma Injection Reduces Pain in Patients With Recalcitrant Epicondylitis. Orthopedics, 34(2).

Platelet rich plasma therapy contributes to repairing the affected region along with decreasing the pain. If you would like to be considered for PRP treatment with R3 Stem Cell Centers, Contact Us today!