25 Oct What to Expect at Your PRP Appointment: A firsthand account from a PRP patient
Below is a first-hand account of PRP injections from the writer, Sarah. Hear her story and learn what to expect if you’re considering Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.
I first tore the labrum in my shoulder nearly three years ago, and unfortunately for me, Dr. Nikesh Seth and Integrated Pain Consultants are a bit too far of a commute from Oregon—but there are some pain clinics local to me that offer PRP for shoulder injuries. I found PRP after exhausting physical therapy and deciding the recommended shoulder surgery (where there “was a 50/50 chance of success”) wasn’t for me.
My PRP Experience
What many people (including myself!) wanted to know about PRP wasn’t just how it works, but what to actually expect during the appointment. For me, I’d already had an MRI ordered by an orthopedic surgeon, but if you haven’t, you may require an x-ray, ultrasound, and/or MRI before a doctor can decide whether you’re a good candidate for PRP. It all depends on your injury, and your first appointment may include one or more of these tests.
At my PRP injection appointment, I arrived early and was rewarded with a good sign: a patient overheard me check in and swore the PRP injection in his knee was “a miracle.” Prep for the injection involved numbing as much of the shoulder as possible with the help of an ultrasound. For the labrum, the entire area can’t be numbed because it’s so deep within the shoulder complex. Afterward, a vial of blood was drawn, put into the centrifuge to spin it, and the plasma was separated. It feels like any other type of blood draw.
The “poor” plasma is then removed from the top so that only the truly “rich” plasma remains. The actual injection was guided by an ultrasound to ensure it reaches the labrum. Once the needle penetrated past the numbed area, there was an intense, dull, achy pain. I was told the knee, a much more common area for PRP injections, is less painful because it’s a shallower injection.
The site continued to be painful for the next 24 hours and felt similar to a shoulder sprain (or the lingering feeling after a shoulder dislocation). However, the next afternoon, all pain and discomfort had completely vanished. Painkillers are not allowed, except Tylenol, because they interfere with platelets, and ice should also be avoided.
Integrated Pain Consultants Can Help Today!
It’s too soon to tell if PRP will be a miracle for me too, but if you’re interested in learning more get in touch with Integrated Pain Consultants today – (480) 626-2552.