Platelet rich plasma therapy can help injured joints and other problems. It uses parts of your own blood to reduce pain and speed up healing.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are cells in the blood that contain large quantities of healing proteins. Your “whole blood” is primarily liquid (plasma) containing solid particles like red cells, white cells, and the smaller platelets. During a PRP procedure, a syringe of your whole blood is obtained from your vein and is then placed in a centrifuge for two cycles to separate the layer of the plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets. The desirable growth factors and other cytokines (cell signaling molecules) useful in healing are associated with platelets. After this platelet-rich layer of your own plasma has been isolated, it can be injected back into your body to target an area of tissue damage in muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints. Ultrasound visualization guidance is utilized to increase the accuracy, safety, and comfort of the injection without the addition of radiation exposure. All PRP injections are performed in our office for your convenience so you don’t have to go to a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. We invite you to schedule an appointment with us to find out if PRP Therapy can help your condition.