What is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Like bone marrow, PRP is a powerful and natural therapy that has been used for decades to help heal tissue in both animals and humans. Platelets contain a vast array of growth factors that help to decrease inflammation and to bring in new blood vessels to the injured area to help it heal. PRP is typically used for painful tendon and ligament injuries and arthritic joints.
When healing has stalled, Platelet-Rich Plasma has been shown to help initiate tissue repair. It is able to activate tendon cells to heal, bone to regenerate, and stimulate new blood vessel development and the wound healing process. PRP treatment has even been shown to help normalize the lining of joints, helping them to return to a more youthful, less inflamed, state.
Common Cases Where Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment is Applicable:
Partial Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Tendinopathy
- Joints that are either in a mild state of arthritis or as an adjunct to stem cell therapy
- Achilles Problems
- Tennis Elbow
- Partial Tear of Hamstring
- Any injured ligament or tendon that has questionable blood supply (not covered by muscle)
- Sports Hernia, now called athletic pubalgia. This is an intriguing new indication that we have been successful in treating.
These are just examples. All connective tissue healing in the body can be considered for PRP therapy when appropriate. It takes a consultation, often diagnostic ultrasound, review of any other imaging that has been done, and discussion to determine appropriateness.
Frequently Asked Questions
PRP is just your tissue, after isolating the part of blood that stimulates healing. There is no chance of contracting someone else’s genetic material, and PRP has been shown not to cause cancer or other problems.
PRP treatment is capable of producing remarkable results. At Integrative Sports Medicine, we ensure the highest standard of care by doing the injection with ultrasound guidance. Unlike many other clinics, we have the capability to offer multiple concentrations of platelets so that we can customize the treatment to your individual needs.
Platelets are coated with seven growth factors in particular that signal injured tissues to “wake up and heal.” It can be a great and cost-effective alternative when you don’t need additional cells in the area being treated.
“I just had a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment on my knees by Dr. Abrahamson. I wore out the cartilage in my knees in one summer doing 5000 foot elevations daily. The pain had gotten bad. The PRP treatment is quick, easy and fairly painless. I walked away, pain gone. Day two, no pain. Even if the pain returns, at least the treatment stabilizes the condition and slows the deterioration over time. I will check back in a couple weeks but for now, I am one happy camper!”
Want to learn more about PRP Injections?
Check out this video by our very own Dr. Brad Abrahamson, which discusses the background of platelet-rich-plasma treatment and how it may be able to help you!
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