Your blood comprises many components, like red and white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are most commonly associated with the clotting process, in which they play a major role. Platelets also contain growth factors, which are special proteins that contribute to the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma is blood that has a substantially higher number of platelets. When injected into a site where tissue damage has occurred, PRP can spur healing following injury or surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma is used for many different applications, including:
osteoarthritis of the knee
ligament injuries, including sprained and torn ligaments
tendon injuries, including ACL tears, tennis or golfer's elbow and Achilles tendon injuries
acute muscle injuries
Injections are made into the area of injury to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. In some cases, PRP may also be used during surgery to help initiate healing as soon as the surgical procedure is complete.
Yes, PRP is derived from your own blood. Once your blood has been drawn, a special process separates the platelets from the rest of your blood, then processes it using a method called centrifugation to concentrate and multiply the number of platelets. Once concentration is complete, the platelets are reintroduced to the rest of the blood, resulting in blood that has as much as five to 10 times the normal number of platelets. This platelet-enriched blood is injected into the site of injury to stimulate healing.
While PRP may be helpful in many conditions, it's not used in all sorts of orthopedic treatments. The decision of whether or not to use PRP in your own treatment is something you can discuss during your evaluation and exam.
Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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