Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
What ? - PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are the components of your blood best known for blood clotting. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are important for healing of injuries. PRP is the separation of those platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood, which results in a high concentration of platelets within the plasma, hence, platelet-rich plasma.
Why ? - PRP injections are an office based procedure. The patient will have a small volume of their blood drawn and placed in a centrifuge that will separate and produce concentrated platelets. Under ultrasound or fluoroscopy, the platelets are then injected into the injured area which triggers and accelerates the body’s natural healing process. Apart from a small amount of local anesthetic for numbing the injection site, no exogenous medications or chemicals are used. This significantly reduces the risk of side effects, drug reactions or allergic reactions.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
May be an effective treatment option to rid yourself of a chronic, painful injury
Some patients have seen significant improvement in symptoms and return to pain-free activity in a matter of weeks
Stimulates new growth of tendon cells
Attracts healing cells to tendon tissues that have deteriorated
May eliminate the need of surgical repair or ongoing use of pain medications
Potentially, athletes can get back to competition quicker, employees can return to work sooner and the average person can return to his or her daily activities faster