PRP Specialist

Siatta B. Dunbar, DO, CAQSM

Sports Medicine Doctor located in Burnsville, MN

The human body is an amazingly complex system with many natural healing components, such as platelets. Siatta B. Dunbar, DO, CAQSM, in Burnsville, Minnesota, integrates new and emerging procedures like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into her practice to help her patients get the most cutting-edge care. Book an appointment online or call today.


What is PRP?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and refers to an emerging non-surgical medical procedure whereby a patient’s own blood is enhanced to increase the concentration of platelets. The platelets are then injected into damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, or bone to repair them.

The premise of this treatment option is that if you boost the concentration of platelets, you also boost the body’s natural healing characteristics.


What conditions can PRP treat?

Although this is a relatively new procedure, mounting scientific research is demonstrating the effectiveness of the use of PRP to accelerate healing, treat pain, and assist in improving function.

Common treatment areas include:

  • Shoulder: rotator cuff tendinosis and/or partial tears, osteoarthritis, labral tears, and bicep tendinosis
  • Elbow: tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and osteoarthritis
  • Hip: osteoarthritis, bursitis, hamstring, and abductor tendinosis
  • Knee: ligament injuries, meniscal tears, and osteoarthritis
  • Foot / Ankle: plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle sprain/instability, Achilles tendinosis, and osteoarthritis

Many doctors support the use of PRP for arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.


Can PRP injections be combined with ultrasound guidance?

Dr. Dunbar recommends ultrasound-guided PRP injections for two main reasons: accuracy and tendency toward positive outcomes. For an injection to have a chance to be effective, it has to be injected within millimeters of the damaged area.

When you don't use ultrasound guidance — known as "blind" injections — physicians pick the injection site by feeling and making the best decision for the optimal injection site. If the site is off, the outcome — or success rate — can be lower. When Dr. Dunbar uses ultrasound to guide her to the proper injection site, she can target the PRP injection with great accuracy.


How should I prepare for a PRP injection?

There are a variety of things you should and shouldn’t do leading up to a PRP injection procedure. Drink plenty of fluids the day before the procedure. You should also avoid taking certain drugs prior to the procedure, including:

  • Corticosteroid drugs for 2-3 weeks prior
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen a week prior
  • Arthritis medications such as Celebrex a week prior
  • Anticoagulation drugs for five days before  

If you want to find out if you are a candidate for PRP, call or go online to book a consultation with Dr. Dunbar at her practice in Burnsville, Minnesota.

* Individual results may vary