What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is the injection of the patients own platelets, in high concentration into an injured tendon, ligament or Muscle tear. The platelets contain growth factors which help stimulate natural healing.
When we injure ourselves, one of the first repair cells that travel to the injury are platelets. Platelets are rich in many different growth factors. These growth factors help attract other repair cells (neurtophils, monocytes, fibroblasts). These “worker” cells then allow normal healing to take place.
Unfortunately, our tendons and ligaments have a very poor blood supply, which leads to an incomplete or much delayed healing response. With PRP we are helping to bring these natural healing cells to an area that have been deficient, thereby allowing the body to repair the tissue faster.
This leads to much quicker reduction in pain and a faster return to sports and daily activity.
What areas can you treat with PRP?
You can potentially treat any part of the body that has a ligament, tendon or muscle tear with PRP. Examples include rotator cuff tear, ankle sprain, tennis elbow, and osteoarthritis.