PRP injections at Sports Medicine Northwest west seattle

Dr. Pond getting a taste of his own medicine


What is PRP used for?

We use PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Injections to improve tissue healing of joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How does PRP Work?

When you have an injury, the first thing that happens is platelets mobilize to the site of injury to clot and limit bleeding.  The accumulated presence of platelets in your body is a signal to the body that there is a new injury and it is time to begin the healing process from this injury.  This process includes inflammation and new collagen synthesis.  When you have a large volume of isolated platelets derived from your own blood injected into an injury you manipulate your system to push a process of doubling down your body's typical healing response to injury.

What is PRP?

PRP is the abbreviation for platelet rich plasma.  The process of preparing PRP is simple and elegant:

  • We draw a vile of your blood (usually from the brachial artery in the cubital fossa of your arm)
  • We spin down that blood with you in the room in a centrifuge for 8 minutes
  • The centrifuge separates your blood into layers:  Red blood cells (RBCs), buffy coat, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP the good stuff), and Platelet Poor Plasma.  (also useful in some presentations)
  • We draw the Platelet Rich Plasma layer is draw in a syringe for use at the source of injury.
  • We use the latest in diagnostic ultrasound technology in real time to walk an injection of PRP directly into your injury site.

PRP therapies were once experimental and exclusive to professional athletes and those with resources to travel abroad for care.  Research now supports the use of PRP to such a degree that it is now commonly included within orthopedic surgical protocols.  Here at SMNW we use PRP and supportive therapies to avoid the need for a surgical intervention.

Is PRP Safe?

PRP is safe because PRP treatments use your own blood components that are only out of you body for approximately 8-10 minutes.  This therapy is for those motivated in building the strength and health of their injured tissues.

How do I know if PRP can help me?

Click here to request an appointment with one of our clinicians.  There are many options with regenerative medicine.  You want to get this right.  We will guide you in the right direction.