Rapidly emerging as one of the best treatments for arthritis and other degenerative conditions, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy supplies the body with natural healing powers to an array of musculoskeletal conditions. PRP therapy is generally used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, spine, rotator cuff tears, ACL injury, back and neck injuries, and ligament sprains.
This outpatient procedure is done by drawing a small sample of the patient's blood, and placing it into a centrifuge. The platelets separate in the centrifuge creating a concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is then injected into the area of the body that is injured. The dispersing of the platelets strengthens surrounding tissues, muscles, and ligaments, and the healing process begins.
The patient's own blood is used for the PRP injection, offering zero risk of transmissible infection and little risk of an allergic reaction. The goal of PRP therapy is to relieve pain through natural healing. You will meet with your physician multiple times after the injection to measure pain levels and see what improvements or setbacks have ensued.