PRP Injection Treatment [Video]

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About the video: What to expect during a PRP injection treatment?

Listen to regenerative medicine experts Kirk Scofield, M.D. and Andrew Clary, D.O. discuss platelet-rich plasma treatment.

Meet Kirk Scofield, M.D.

Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

Meet the Expert: Andrew Clary, D.O.

Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”

Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

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Video Transcription

When doing a platelet-rich plasma – PRP – procedure, it’s very similar to doing bone marrow aspirate concentrate, except for that we obtain the sample from your body just by a peripheral vein. Just like you’re giving blood, for example. So about somewhere between five and 15 tablespoons of blood are obtained. And the process is a little bit easier because it’s easier to get blood from a vein than it is from bone marrow. But otherwise, the process is very similar. When we are putting this special concentration of cells in the area that’s affected and is painful or problematic, that process, with the image guidance, the skin will be numb, the medicine will be placed again with a simple injection in either a joint, soft tissue, or somewhere in the spine, or something like that. Once those cells are laid on top of or into the area that’s injured, usually these cells will try and find the areas that are injured or problematic. So if you have tearing or worn-out bones or cartilage, and they are sending out signals of pain, there is hope that these cells can either create healing by finding the areas that are most painful or creating a surface on top of those that will relieve discomfort. Oftentimes that day, I usually tell patients to take it easy, but you don’t have a lot of restrictions. Even the next few days and weeks, I don’t have any major encouragement for you to just sit at home and not be active. These basic treatments are something that over a slow amount of time, over weeks, you’ll start to notice some difference, but I want you to be active after. So don’t worry about being incapacitated. And that’s something that’s been well researched, that you should encourage activity after these procedures.

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