- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated from your own blood. It contains healing factors like white blood cells (WBCs) and bioactive proteins called growth factors and stem cell markers. These cells are important for tissue repair and regeneration. Platelets have been shown to be rich source of healing growth factors.
- PRP has many benefits in that it is minimally invasive, affords minimal downtime, is natural and autologous (from your own body), and less side effects compared to steroid injections or surgery.
- It is important to understand that not all PRP is created equal. Advanced PRP systems allow for better processing control and flexibility. Advanced processing techniques allow us to concentrate platelets, WBCs, and other growth factors more precisely and treat the underlying problem more effectively.
- When prepared correctly, a PRP injection can deliver 1 billion platelets per mililiter. Therefore a 5 mL (milliliter) injection of PRP can deliver at least 5 billion platelets.
- PRP is commonly used for chronic tendon injuries like tennis elbow. It can also be used for acute ligament or muscle injuries like a hamstring tear. PRP has also been found effective at treating osteoarthritis (OA). While the repair and healing process of PRP takes several weeks, and a PRP injection can result in a few days of post procedure pain at the treatment site, a growing body of scientific literature show benefit for treatment of certain tendon, ligament, and joint conditions. These studies also show PRP to have a very good safety profile.
At Sports Health Northwest, we utilize PRP for many conditions in the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, feet, ankles, hands, and wrists.