Due to its potential ability to speed up the healing process, Platelet-rich plasma, also called PRP, has gained popularity in recent years. PRP has proven to be especially prevalent in the treatment of sports injuries as numerous professional athletes have received PRP injections, including Tiger Woods, Hines Ward, and several others. In comparison to physical therapy or surgery, PRP offers an alternative which allows patients to return to regular activities more quickly.
What is Platelet-rich Plasma?
Blood is composed of plasma (liquid), red cells, white cells, and platelets. Best known for their importance in forming blood clots, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called “growth factors” which play an important role in the healing of injuries. Studies have shown that increasing the concentration of these growth factors can help reduce inflammation, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate healing. To provide this increased concentration, a sample of the patient’s blood is separated using a process called centrifugation. Once separated, the concentration of platelets is injected into the injured area to stimulate healing.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with PRP?
Although much of the publicity surrounding PRP is focused on the treatment of ligament, muscle, and other acute sports injuries, research has also shown PRP to be effective in the treatment of many other conditions including osteoarthritis and chronic tendon injuries—such as those listed below.
Some common injuries treated with PRP Orthopedic injections:
- Foot & Ankle: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis
- Knee: Plantar Tendonitis & Tears, Achilles Tendonitis & Partial Tears
- Elbow: Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow
- Joint Pain, ACL Injuries, Elbow, Hand, Knee, Foot & Ankle, Shoulder
- Thigh: Hamstring Sprains
What are the Side Effects of PRP Therapy?
Since PRP is developed using the patient’s own blood, there is usually no risk of adverse reactions beyond possible irritation at the injection site. Most patients can return to normal activities immediately following a PRP injection.
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