Platelet Rich Plasma injections — or PRP — is an effective way to stimulate a healing response within the body. What is it? It uses ingredients from your own blood to treat damaged tissue. PRP treatment can be beneficial to common overuse conditions, such as tendonitis and many other soft tissue injuries. Below, read on to discover more about PRP procedures and get some answers to some questions you might have. If you have a tendon, ligament, or joint injury that has not healed with relative rest, strengthening, and therapy, then PRP therapy may be the solution — and we can help with that.
Platelet-rich plasma (abbreviated PRP) is a treatment used for a variety of common orthopedic conditions. PRP is a concentration of platelet cells taken from your blood, and these platelets have growth factors that may help in the healing process of chronic injuries.1 Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a healing response. By injecting PRP into areas of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize your body’s ability to heal the chronic conditions. PRP contains a high concentration of platelets, other blood cells important in healing, and growth factors.
PRP has been used in operating rooms for several decades to help with wound healing, and to stimulate bone formation in spinal fusion surgery. Recently, PRP has been used in outpatient settings for the treatment of common overuse conditions including:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Patellar Tendonitis
Some doctors seem to use PRP for just about any condition, while others are more selective.
PRP injections can be done in a physician’s office. The procedure takes about 30 minutes in order to withdraw the blood, spin the blood in the centrifuge, and inject the PRP into the injured area.
Finding a physician who provides PRP injections can be a challenge, but most commonly these are offered by orthopedic physicians who specialize in the care of chronic sports injuries.