Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, also referred to as PRP Therapy, is a progressive non-surgical treatment to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including arthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries.
PRP is part of a group of state-of-the-art treatments collectively referred to as Regenerative Medicine. PRP treats an injured area naturally using your body’s own growth factors to accelerate healing. It has been shown to be safe and effective for numerous joint and soft tissue injuries and has been extensively researched in numerous medical publications from all over the world.
Some of the many uses of Platelet Rich Plasma include osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, hands, and feet, as well as meniscus tears, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tears.
The procedure is simple and is performed in the office. The PRP process begins when a small amount of the patients blood is removed from the arm and placed into a special container. The blood is then placed into a device called a centrifuge which spins the blood to help the separate the portion of the blood which becomes concentrated with platelets, thereby giving the procedure its name. These platelets are important because they release growth factors to recruit stem cells and to assist in healing an injured area naturally. Once the PRP is isolated, it is injected to the injured area under the guidance of an ultrasound machine to help accelerate healing and reduce pain.
The entire process takes approximately one hour and patients are sent home the same day.