Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are an innovative form of treatment for musculoskeletal injuries. Recent accounts of elite athletes utilizing PRP therapy to accelerate their return to play after injury have popularized the treatment method. NBA star Stephen Curry, tennis player Rafael Nadal, and golfer Tiger Woods are just a few famous athletes that have included platelet-rich plasma as part of their treatment. We answer some major questions about Platelet Rich Plasma injections.
Platelets are the clotting tool in your blood. Platelets play a crucial role in the healing process by aiding tissue repair and regeneration. PRP contains growth factors and cells that enhance and strengthen the body’s ability to regenerate healthy tissue.
Which type of injuries can Platelet Rich Plasma treat?
Some parts of the body have difficulty healing. For example, ligaments and tendons don’t get much blood supply from the body. We use PRP to treat injured or degenerative discs, joints, or soft tissues such as tendons.
What is the process?
Platelet-rich plasma is obtained by drawing blood, then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate a later of platelets from the red blood cells. The extracted PRP is then injected into or around the injured site, and is guided by ultrasound to ensure accuracy.
What are some advantages of PRP therapy?
- PRP is a fairly quick procedure. Altogether, the preparation, procedure, and recovery typically only take a few hours.
- As opposed to surgery, PRP is minimally invasive. Also, the procedure doesn’t require a stay in the hospital, anesthesia, or a prolonged recovery period.
- PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood, so it helps the body heal itself.
- The effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy varies, but for some patients, PRP helps treat and eliminate pain.
Read more about the power of regenerative medicine and what it can be used to treat in our post Regenerative Medicine 101.
If you want to learn more about PRP therapy and see if it might be a treatment option for an injury, please give us a call at 303-327-5511.