PRP injections offer a unique and regenerative approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions by using the human body’s natural ability to heal itself to augment or even accelerate the healing of these injuries.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment that harnesses your own blood’s platelets to heal specific issues in your own body. PRP has been successful in treating many types of orthopedic conditions and injuries, such as chronic joint pain, tendonitis, early osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, and repairing ligaments, muscles, and cartilage.
PRP is considered part of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine involves using natural cells to regenerate tissues that are damaged, diseased, or defective, and to restore normal function.
PRP treatment utilizes platelets from your own blood to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. Platelets release important growth factors in higher concentrations which can help to trigger cell production, speed up healing, and regenerate healthy tissue in the treated area.
After creating platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s blood sample, that solution is injected into the target area, such as an injured knee or a tendon. In some cases, the clinician may use ultrasound to guide the injection. The idea is to increase the concentration of specific bioproteins or hormones, called growth factors, in a specific area to accelerate the healing process.