Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global is proud to provide our patients with only the most cutting-edge and promising therapies, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This therapy can be an effective treatment option for those who have injured a tendon or a ligament. During PRP therapy, PRP helps to accelerate the healing process by carrying additional growth factors to the impacted region of the body. Then, a centrifuge is used to extract the PRP from the patient’s blood. Next, this PRP is injected into the impacted region using real-time ultrasonography. PRP can assist the injured tissue in regeneration, helping to speed up the healing process.

PRP therapy can be helpful for the treatment of:

  • Spinal ligaments and joints
  • Partial rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendinosis
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injury
  • Distal biceps tendon partial tear
  • Chronic thumb sprain
  • Joint arthritis
  • Hamstring strain
  • Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Quadriceps strain or partial tear
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Calf pain
  • Chronic ligament strains
  • Chronic Achilles tendinosis
  • Chronic partial tendon tear
  • Plantar fasciitis

PRP Injection Process

Platelet-rich plasma injections are a quick and straightforward process that can promote healing in injured tendons or ligaments. To begin the process, one of our specialists will take a blood sample. The amount of blood we collect will depend on where the PRP is to be injected. Once the blood is collected, it is placed inside of a centrifuge, which quickly spins around to separate the components of the blood. This process normally takes around 15 minutes.

When the blood is removed from the centrifuge, the separated plasma is prepared for injection. Your doctor will then use ultrasound software to pinpoint the injection side before injecting the PRP into the impacted area. After the procedure, many patients can easily continue their daily activities. You will likely notice accelerated healing a few weeks after the procedure.

Potential Side Effects

As with any medical treatment, PRP therapy may bring potential side effects. However, the risks of adverse reactions are quite low, since the substances used throughout the treatment come directly from the patient’s own body. It is unlikely that PRP therapy will negatively interact with any medications you may be taking.

There may be risks involved from the injection process itself, including tissue damage, pain at the injection site, nerve injuries, or infection. Our doctors will work with you to explain these risks and ensure your comfort and safety before beginning the process.

PRP Therapy at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global

Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global is proud to employ Dr. Brian Bacot as our PRP therapy specialist in the Virgin Islands. Dr. Bacot has undergone extensive additional training directly related to PRP therapy, giving him the knowledge and expertise to properly assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of injuries and conditions that could benefit from PRP therapy.

To request more information about PRP therapy in St. Thomas, St John, St. Croix, or the Virgin Islands, please contact us at (340) 779-2663.

Please note that PRP therapy may not be covered by private insurance agencies. To learn more about the cost of PRP therapy and discuss financial arrangements, please contact our office for more information.