PRP Therapy

Advanced Arthritis Solutions

Margaret Gradzka, M.D.

Rheumatologist located in Fairfax, VA

Always striving to offer the most up-to-date treatment options for her patients, Dr. Margaret Gradzka of Advanced Arthritis Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia, is proud to offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat a variety of chronic ligament, tendon, and joint injuries. If you would like to explore this cutting-edge treatment to relieve your chronic pain, call or book an online appointment today.

PRP Therapy Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Dr. Gradzka offers this revolutionary treatment option that utilizes the powerful healing potential of the platelets in your blood to help treat chronic tendon, ligament, and joint injuries.  

The primary task of a platelet cell is to clot blood. However, when properly prepared, platelet cells can be concentrated for use in PRP therapy to treat chronic injuries that haven’t responded well to other treatments.

How does the PRP therapy work?

Through a simple “spinning” process, the platelet cells are separated out from the rest of your blood. This process takes about 15 minutes and is done in the office while you wait.

What is left after the separation of cells is a platelet-rich solution of tissue-healing plasma, which is then injected directly to the site of your injury. Dr. Gradzka uses ultrasound-guided injections to ensure that the PRP treatment is applied exactly where you need it most.

Over time, these healing cells help your body to grow new, healthier tissue and decrease the pain associated with your chronic health condition. Studies suggest an 80-85% success rate, with long-lasting and even permanent relief with PRP therapy.

What types of conditions can PRP help treat?

Generally, PRP therapy works best in the treatment of chronic ligament, tendon, and joint issues that haven’t responded well to conservative measures.

Some conditions that PRP may improve include:

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
  • Meniscus tear

How long does it take to see results from PRP therapy?

While each person is different, in general, Dr. Gradzka recommends two to four PRP treatments spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results. Because this treatment utilizes your body’s natural healing power, time is an important part of the process.

Dr. Gradzka may prescribe physical therapy to go along with your PRP treatment plan. She meets with you often and helps determine what level of activity is healthy for you during the healing process.

If you would like to discuss how platelet-rich plasma can help relieve your chronic pain, call or book an appointment online with Advanced Arthritis Solutions today.