Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
What Is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a component of blood that has been enriched with platelets above their normal concentration. Also known as thrombocytes, platelets contain special growth factors which promote healing of injured tissues in the body. Platelets are easily extracted from patient’s own blood and can be safely re-injected into injured areas to stimulate tissue repair.
What Is The PRP Process?
First, 40-60 cc of blood is drawn from the patient. Next, the blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood plasma from red blood cells. Finally, this highly concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma is injected into the patient’s injured area.
What Is The PRP Advantage?
Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment has been used in various medical procedures since the 1980’s. Many famous athletes-Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and several others-have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition. It is currently applied in nerve injury, cardiac muscle injury, plastic surgery, oral surgery, and musculoskeletal injuries.
They key advantage of PRP is that Platelet-Rich Plasma is prepared from the patient’s own blood. Platelet-Rich Plasma is considered safe, and there are no associated concerns with rejection or complications. PRP risks are the same as for any local injection.
If you suffer from a tendon or ligament injury, we provide medical treatments for a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries: lower back, wrists, hands, hips, knees, joints, neck, shoulders, and elbows.
Our therapies are less invasive and less expensive than traditional surgery. They heal injured and damaged tissue with very little scarring.