Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine, which is gaining traction in all areas of medicine, including orthopedics. A major advantage of regenerative medicine, including PRP, is that it leverages the natural healing process using the body’s own tissue.
PRP uses the body’s own platelets from the blood. The blood is mainly liquid composed of plasma. But it also contains red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important for healing. In orthopedics, PRP can be used to “jump start” the body’s own healing capabilities. At our clinic, we use PRP only where research supports its use and shows promising results.
PRP is done in the comfort of our clinic. We do a standard blood draw of 15 millimeters of blood. The PRP is then prepared by separating the platelets from other blood cells and increasing their concentration in a process called centrifugation. The PRP, with its increased concentration of platelets (and growth factors), is injected into the injured tissue. Guided ultrasound is used to ensure exact placement of the PRP.