PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections
“Accelerating healing for sports injuries and chronic joint pains”
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a cutting edge technique that uses the patient’s own blood as the source of solute ion that is injected. This facilitates the healing and helps with chronic pain in joints. Blood platelets are responsible for blood clotting after injury. What many people are not aware of is that blood platelets also serve two other important functions. They are responsible for bringing white blood cells to the injured area to clean up the remains of dead and injured cells, and release of Growth Factors that are directly responsible for tissue regeneration. These substances are called cytokins and include platelet derived growth factor, epithelial growth factor, and other bioactive proteins. This procedure has become popular among orthopedic and pain management specialists. Athletes use PRP to speed recovery from injuries. Typical treatments include sports injuries, degenerative disc disease, tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears of the knee, Osteoarthritis of joints, chronic pain of the hip and shoulder joints, and plantar fasciitis.
PRP is prepared by using the patient’s own blood and placing the blood in a device (Harvest Centrifuge) that separates the platelets and plasma from the blood cells. A small portion of the plasma remains mixed with the platelets. This Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected into the injured tissues or joint using a syringe and needle.
Patients usually report two days of soreness with pain relief occurring within the first week and continued improve3ment over a period of months. PRP accelerates the rate of soft tissue and bone injury healing