PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections
Platelet rich plasma, commonly referred to as “PRP", is a non-invasive option for conditions such as arthritis and ligament/tendon sprains and tears. Utilizing the body’s natural healing processes, PRP therapy is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. It is often used for:
Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
Shoulder pain and instability
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Hamstring and hip strains
Knee sprains and instability
Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
Some of the world's most elite athletes have used PRP for wound healing. They include golf's Tiger Woods, baseball's Takashi Saito, and football's Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu.
How Does it Work:
Platelets are blood cells with several roles to play in the body. One is to promote blood clotting so that a person does not excessively bleed when they are cut, and another is the proteins in the platelets support healing in the body.
Researchers theorize that by injecting areas of inflammation or tissue damage with high concentrations of platelets can encourage wounds to heal.
A small blood sample is taken from the person being treated and put into a centrifuge or other specialized device that spins at high speed. This process separates platelets from other blood components. The concentration of platelets is then injected into the area of the person's body that needs to be treated.
Because the injection contains a high concentration of platelets, which can be from 5 to 10 times more than the untreated blood, doctors theorize that the platelets will speed up healing.
As injecting PRP involves using a person's own platelets, there is minimal risk of reaction to the injections. However, it is possible that a person may have irritation, pain, or bleeding related to the injection site.
Most people can resume their normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection. The average time from blood draw to the injection itself is about half-an-hour.