Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?
Our blood contains several types of cells such as red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets. Platelets contain a number of growth factors, cytokines, proteins and other bioactive factors that initiate and regulate wound healing. Platelet rich plasma therapy also known as autologous platelet gel, plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF), platelet concentrate (PC), uses patient's own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues.
How will Platelet Rich Plasma therapy heal my injury?
Approximately 10 cc of patient’s blood is drawn and centrifuged with a machine. Platelet component of the blood is separated and concentrated. This is injected in the patient. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon, ligament or muscle with a high concentration of growth factors that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new tissue begins to develop. As this tissue matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons, ligaments and muscle of the damaged area.
Which conditions are likely to benefit from Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?
Arm & Shoulder pain
Rotator Cuff tendonitis or tears
Acromio-clavicular joint pain
Golfers elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
Ulnar collateral ligament injury
Hip & Leg pain
Trochanteric or Ischial bursitis
Sacroiliac joint pain
Hamstring, Patellar or Peroneal tendonitis
Quadriceps muscle/ ligament injuries
Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
What will be my treatment plan?
Depending on the severity and duration of your injury, one to three PRP injections are suggested. Following the initial treatment with PRP, a follow-up visit occurs 2-3 weeks later. At the follow-up visit an evaluation of your response to the initial therapy is performed and a decision is made regarding the need for additional PRP treatments. Frequently, chronic injuries require more than one injection. In both acute and chronic injuries, injections may be combines with an exercise or physical therapy program to enhance the success of the treatment.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy safe?
PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is rare.