PRP Patient Experience – Partially torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament

What was your injury that was treated with prp?

Partially torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament.

Did you try any other therapy before you opted for prp treatment?

Physical therapy, did not help.

Why did your physician decide to utilize prp for this injury?

We were looking for alternatives to surgery. To get my arm healthy enough to play baseball for the spring.

What medical facility did your physician perform this treatment?  Hospital? Physician clinic?

At a physician clinic.

Did your physician have you follow a specific protocol the night before your prp treatment?


Do you remember how much blood was drawn from you? After they drew the blood, how long did you have to wait before the platelet rich plasma was ready for use on your injury?

I’ve had PRP twice, the first time They took 20 ccs and the second time 15 ccs. Took about 15 min for the preparation.

What did the physician do to prepare the injury site for injection?

Sterilized with a wipe and applied a skin refrigerant to the site.

Did the physician use ultrasound as a guide to place the platelet rich plasma?


How did the injection feel? Explain. And do you remember how long the prp treatment took? If you had pain, how long did the pain last? Any swelling?

The injection was very painful, kind of like the pain when you hit your funny bone but continuous for the minute and 20 seconds it took. The pain lasted about an hour and a half after wards and it remained sore for at least 3-4 days. There was no swelling.

How long did the entire visit take?

About an hour.

After treatment, did your physician wrap the treatment site? If not, what did he do post treatment?

Band aid.

What was your physicians post prp treatment protocol for you? Restrictions? Rest? Exercise? Stretching? Pain medication? Any specific directions you had to follow?

I was to rest my arm for at least 2 days and go back to normal function whenever it felt fine. Take Advil when needed.

How much was the prp treatment?

$350 for each injection (not covered by insurance)

Did the treatment work for you? If so, when did you start feeling better? How soon could you bet back to playing your sport?

I have not yet completed my 3 rounds of PRP but so far it feels like my arm has improved. About 3 weeks after the injection I noticed improvement. With my specific injury, hopefully I will be back to my full self in my sport in a few weeks.