What Is Platelet Rich-Plasma or “PRP”?
You may recognize platelets as the body’s raw material source for clotting, or stopping bleeding. But platelets also contain growth factors, hundreds of proteins that are vital in the healing process. Plasma is the fluid component of blood that carries platelets, as well as white and red blood cells, throughout the body.
So platelet-rich plasma (or “PRP”) is essentially blood that contains a highly concentrated number of these growth factors (inside of platelets), up to 10 times the typical amount. It is a 100% naturally derived medicine that can be re-injected into a damaged area of the same body it originated from to promote faster healing and shorter recovery time
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy is rapidly becoming one of the most promising and popular ways to recover from sports injuries and to treat chronic orthopedic problems. A form of regenerative medicine, PRP therapy works by isolating healing components in your blood, concentrating them, and reapplying them to damaged tissue, ligament, muscle, or discs.
- Pain relief and healing without surgery
- Faster recovery time
- Easy, virtually non-invasive procedure
- No risk of donor-derived tissue rejection
- Procedure takes only around 1 hour
Conditions Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Used to Treat
PRP therapy is used as a treatment for common sports injuries and as an alternative to surgery. It can also be used to help patients recover from surgery or to treat chronic diseases and conditions. PRP has been used to successfully treat the following issues:
- Tendon and ligament injuries – ACL tears, runner’s knees, tennis elbows, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knees
- Wrist pain – carpal tunnel syndrome
- Foot and ankle pain – plantar fasciitis
- Hip pain – osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, arthroscopic hip surgery, labral tears
- Knee pain – osteoarthritis, tendonitis, ACL reconstruction
- Shoulder pain – osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tendinitis and tears, biceps tendonitis
- Spine and back – osteoarthritis, lumbar disc disease, low back pain