What is a Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a high concentration of your blood platelets compounded into a small volume of your plasma. Your blood contains platelets that are rich in bioactive chemicals called growth factors, which support tissue regeneration.
Whenever any part of your body is damaged or injured, your platelets are some of the first cells attracted to the area. These platelets are one of your body’s most potent healers. PRP promotes healing around tissue damage and damage to blood vessels, by increasing blood flow to the affected body part and restoring normal function.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are formulated by collecting a small blood sample from you that is then processed in a special medical device to concentrate the platelets. The increased concentration of platelets is injected precisely at the site of injury or pain and areas needing regeneration.
Why might I need a Platelet Rich Plasma Injection?
PRP injections can improve function and decrease pain while accelerating the healing of many orthopedic injuries and conditions, including acute and chronic tendon problems, as well as injuries to ligaments and muscles.
If you have a tendon or ligament injury around your shoulder or knee region and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. PRP can also be used to treat more ailment like the following:
ACL Tears - Painful knees
Rotator Cuff Tears - Painful shoulders
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Arthritis of Joints
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure typically takes a couple of hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery.
What happens after the procedure?
Once the procedure is done, you can return home. Usually, you'll be able to return to normal activities on the next day or in the next couple of days based on doctor’s advice.