Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy, is used for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. In the past these types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, but at Advanced Health and Wellness Center we’ve found PRP Therapy to be very successful.
What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
Although blood is mainly a liquid – called plasma, it also contains small solid components – red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
How Does PRP Work?
The increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can speed up the healing process.
To speed healing to the injury site, PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area.
What Conditions are Treated with PRP?
Chronic Tendon Injuries
Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
Is It Effective?
Typically in out patients PRP Therapy is very effective, but the results can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment include:
- The area of the body being treated
- The overall health of the patient
- Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)