PRP: Platelet-Rich Plasma

How Does PRP Work?

PRP is taken from your own blood. Therefore, there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. PRP is no longer reserved for professional athletes and the Hollywood elite. Platelet Rich Plasma is becoming an increasingly popular treatment of choice for everyone. To speed healing, the injury site is treated with the PRP preparation. This can be done in one of two ways:

PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area. For example, in tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, a condition commonly caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and arm which can become swollen, inflamed, and painful. A mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into this inflamed tissue. Afterwards, the pain at the area of injection may actually increase for the first week or two. It is important to note that it can be several weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.

Some of the conditions that are treated with PRP:

  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Tendon injuries
  • Acute Ligament injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Tendonitits (Tennis elbow)
  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative or aging joints)