PRP For Orthopedics
What Is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. It is used to speed healing from orthopedic or soft tissue injuries such as chronic tendon injuries, acute ligament and muscle injuries, arthritis of the knee and fractures.
When you receive an injury, your healing starts with a blood clot composed of liquid – plasma – red cells, white cells, and platelets which release healing proteins. In PRP, there are five to 10 times more platelets than you would find in ordinary blood.
PRP is created by extracting blood from the injured individual and placing it in a machine called a centrifuge which separates the platelets from the other blood cells. The platelets and the plasma are then combined to create PRP.
The ability to use PRP in an outpatient medical setting is a huge draw for many. While relatively new, many athletes, such as tennis great Rafael Nadal and golfer Tiger Woods, have used it extensively. Though most health insurance companies do not cover the use of PRP.
How Is PRP Used?
PRP can be delivered in two different ways. First, it can be combined with a local anesthetic and injected into the damaged area such as an arthritic knee. The pain in that area typically gets worse for the first few days, and it may be more than a week before the patient notices any therapeutic value. PRP can also be used to directly treat an injured area, such as a ripped tendon, during surgery.
How Does PRP Work?
One of the functions of blood platelets is to release healing proteins called growth factors. These growth factors repair and regenerate the body’s soft tissue. The theory is that having more growth factors available will make the tissue heal faster.
PRP is most effective in treating chronic tendon issues and less effective at treating acute ligament and muscle injuries and fractures.
Could You Benefit from Orthopedic PRP?
If you suffer from a chronic tendon issue like tennis elbow or from another orthopedic issue, PRP may be able to help you heal from your wound more quickly. For more information and for a personal consultation, call or fill out our form and we will be sure to get in touch. Our staff is waiting and eager to help you on your road to recovery.