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1499 Chain Bridge Road Suite 101
McLean Professional Park
McLean, Virginia 22101

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1715 North George Mason Dr.
Medical Offices C
Suite 504
Arlington Virginia 22205

Phone: 703-525-2200
Fax: 703-522-2603

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Friday / 8:00am - 4pm

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Relieving Pain through Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Enhancing the Body's Natural Ability to Heal

What Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary therapy that involves injecting platelets from the patient's own blood to rebuild a damaged tendon or cartilage. It has been successful in not only relieving the pain, but also in jumpstarting the healing process.

PRP is a concentration of platelet cells drawn from the patient's own blood. Blood is composed of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It is these platelets that are the body's "first responders" that help re-vascularize an injured area and construct new tissue. By injecting PRP into the area of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize the body's ability to heal.

PRP contains multiple growth factors that can facilitate healing of injured tissue by harnessing the body's own healing potential. PRP injections make it possible for orthopaedic specialists to treat individuals with tissue damage and/or injury in a way that is less invasive than surgery. This could mean a shorter and less painful recovery for patients.

The Procedure

PRP injections are performed in the physician's office, offering convenience and efficiency to the patient. The patient's blood is drawn in the office and placed in a centrifuge to spin at high speeds, separating the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The platelet-rich portion of the blood is then injected into the injured area. It is a quick procedure, taking about 20 minutes, with a short recovery. Generally light activity is recommended for 2 weeks. Because the platelets are derived from the patient's own blood, the procedure is very safe, with no risk of rejection.

The Potential Effects of PRP Treatment Include:

  • Promote tissue healing (tendon, ligament, soft tissue)
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decrease pain
  • Increase collagen production (base component of connective tissue)
  • Delay joint replacement surgeries

Risks of PRP:

The most common side effect of PRP injections is an increase in inflammation and pain after the injection. Following the injection, patients may experience worsening pain for several days. It is important to avoid anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil and Aleve) and aspirin at this stage of the healing, as these interventions may reverse the desired inflammatory response. Pain may be controlled with ice, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other analgesics.

Some Conditions
Commonly Treated
With PRP:

Shoulder: bicipital tendinosis, partial tears of the rotator cuff
Elbow: tennis or golfer's elbow, ulnar collateral ligament injuries
Hip: ITB syndrome, hamstring tears
Knees: osteoarthritis (mild to moderate), patellar tendinosis, patellar-femoral syndrome, chondromalacia patella, partially torn or strained ligaments of knee (ACL/LCL/MCL), meniscus tears
Ankle and foot: plantar fasciitis, instability, Achilles tendinitis and partial Achilles tears, peroneal tendinitis, arthritis, recurrent ankle sprains, other foot or ankle tendinitis

How Many Injections Do I Need?

Depending on the exact problem, some patients may require up to three injections. Many patients, however, experience significant improvement after just one treatment.

I Am Told That I Have Knee Osteoarthritis And May Need a Knee Replacement. Will This Treatment Help Me Avoid Surgery?

Quite possibly. Depending on the extent of the osteoarthritis (mild to moderate), PRP may in fact help. Several studies have shown positive results in slowing the development of arthritis in the knee after PRP injections. You can read several of the studies on our website at

PRP Reimbursement Information

Most commercial carriers consider this procedure to be experimental and are not providing payment for this service at this time. It is charged on a fee-for-service basis and must be paid at the time of the procedure. Check with the doctor's secretary for costs.

If you are interested in PRP injection therapy as a treatment option, speak to your doctor about whether or not it is an appropriate treatment for your ailment.

If you have questions about PRP or any orthopaedic injury, contact the experts at Nirschl Orthopaedic Center in Arlington, Virginia. Schedule an appointment with our orthopedist's today by calling 703-525-2200

Patient Testimonials

After trying years of alternative treatments, in April I received my PRP injections in both knees. The results have been miraculous; I've even had to re-train my brain to no longer grab for both handrails to go down a flight of stairs and that I can take long walks and even hike. I had given up these simple pleasures. It's been 8 months now and my quality of life has increased 100% and no longer move like someone twice my age. I am without arthritis pain for the first time in more than a decade. The fact that the treatment uses my own body to heal itself is even better.

Jenny L.

I had PRP and Stem Cell injections in my left knee on Friday. Afterwards, my knee was sore at the point of injection throughout the weekend. On Monday morning, while walking to a meeting in my office, I noticed that I was not feeling any pain at all in my knee. Not only that, I was walking confidently and taking longer strides - without even thinking about it. Previously, I walked cautiously and carefully to avoid pain. I also noticed that I was sitting down and standing much more easily. As the week went on I noticed that I did not have pain in my knee when getting into and out of a car, when walking downhill, or when extending my leg in bed at night. I was able to climb stairs more easily and confidently. My knee was also more flexible, felt more stable, and my balance was much better.

I could not be more pleased with the results so far and have now scheduled an injection for my other knee.

Curtis H.

I am an avid racquetball player. And had surgery twice on my shoulder to successfully repair damage I have done to my shoulder over decades of playing racquetball three to four days a week. Recently, when my shoulder pain returned, the doctor suggested that I might try PRP and stem cell therapy. Now, 8 weeks after receiving the PRP and stem cell therapy, my shoulder is again pain free and feeling stronger than before the therapy. This weekend I played two hours of racquetball on both Saturday and Sunday, prior to the PRP therapy, after playing that much I would have an aching shoulder, needing to be iced. Instead, after the therapy, no pain and no need for cold treatment. I have been delighted at the results.

James C.