What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is therapy developed several decades ago to aid healing during oral surgery. It has gained widespread use in Sports Medicine and other Orthopedic applications.
What is involved with PRP treatment?
PRP treatment is an injection based therapy. It is derived from a small sample of the patients blood. A centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. This concentrated fluid is rich in Growth Factors. The PRP solution is then injected the into the site of the injury using imaging guidance for precise deliver. The injected growth factors stimulate tissue healing by recruiting and activating stem cells, they increase blood flow, and specific protein expression. PRP activates tenocytes and chondroblasts to proliferate quickly and produce collagen for tissue repair.
What problems may be treated with PRP?
PRP therapy may be used for soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions. This includes any muscle, tendon or ligamentous injury. Complete tears are the exception as they typically require surgical repair. Specific areas where PRP has been reported helpful is partial rotator cuff tears, iliotibial band syndrome, hamstring and quadriceps injuries, patellar tendinitis, partially torn MCL, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and chronic tendinosis of the elbow. Treatment stimulates repair, relieving symptoms and forestalling need for surgery.
How long does PRP take to work?
Improvement occurs gradually over 2-6 weeks after PRP. Improvement may continue over 6 months following PRP treatment.