Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Description

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves the injection of the patient’s own platelets to promote the healing of:

  • Tendons 
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Joints

During the procedure, a few tubes of blood are drawn from the patient. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. Next, the activated platelets are injected directly into the injured area. The injection of PRP leads to the release of growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells in the body. The procedure takes advantage of the patient’s own healing systems to improve musculoskeletal problems.

Indications

PRP therapy is effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Joint injuries

Indications for PRP therapy include the following:

  • Osteoarthritic pain
  • Conservative treatments fail to eliminate pain
  • Physical therapy fails to strengthen joint muscles
  • Patient is sensitive to anti-inflammatory medications
  • Joint aspirations do not provide adequate pain relief
  • Steroid injections do not relieve pain