Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Overview

This non-surgical therapy is an injection of a concentrated mixture of the patient's own blood. PRP injections have been shown to relieve acute and chronic pain and accelerate healing of injured tissues and joints.

 
Recent research has shown that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections may accelerate the healing process for soft tissue injuries.  Competitive athletes (including Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods) swear by this new therapy.  But what is it and how does it work?
 
When your body receives an injury, there are specific cells in the blood that are responsible for repairing the body.  Among them are platelets, stem cells, and natural growth factors.  These cells represent a small percentage of what is contained in the blood, but they are critical in wound healing.  Platelet Rich Plasma injections use a process that increases the concentration of these healing factors up to 10x their normal concentration.  This concentrated mixture is then delivered directly to the site of injury.
 
PRP injections are based upon 3 main scientific criteria to aid the healing process.
  • The cells that are injected are autologous, meaning they come from the patient's own body.  Since they come from the patient themselves and we don't have to match the patient to a donor source, there is less risk as well as increased effectiveness from the cells.
  • The second theory is that an increased concentration of regenerative cells will accelerate the healing process by saturating the site of injury.  When an injury occurs, the blood flow is temporarily disturbed and the required regenerative nutrients can take a while to reach the site after the initial healing process has started.
  • The concentrated dose is injected directly at the site of injury.  This ensures that the required nutrients get to the injury as soon as possible.
Indications for PRP:  Most of the research has been targeted towards soft tissue injuries (tendons, muscles, ligaments, etc).  However, there are also several studies demonstrating effectiveness with PRP injections to help with osteoarthritis and spinal intervertebral disc degeneration.  
 
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