Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
In this video, Doctor Jeffrey Peng discusses the history and benefit of PRP for knee arthritis.
The PRP releases growth factors that basically tell the injected area to grow new, fresh tissue again.
Researchers conducted a systematic review of multiple studies and concluded multiple beneficial effects of PRP, including pain reduction, joint function improvement and tissue repair.”
PRP contains a concentrated amount of growth factors, cytokines, and other bioactive substances that promote tissue regeneration and healing. When injected into injured or damaged tissues, PRP can stimulate the body's natural healing process, accelerate tissue repair, and enhance overall recovery.
PRP injections have shown to provide pain relief for musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and ligament injuries. The growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties present in PRP can help reduce pain and inflammation, improving joint function and mobility.
PRP is derived from the patient's own blood, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions or adverse effects. Since it utilizes the body's own resources, PRP injections are considered safe and well-tolerated
PRP injections offer a non-surgical alternative for certain conditions, reducing the need for invasive procedures or surgeries. They can be used as standalone treatments or in combination with other therapies to optimize results.
Researchers discovered the regenerative potential of platelets in the 1970s. One study observed platelets “clearly play a complex role in stimulating the response of tissues to injury” and are responsible for increased collagen production, cell mitosis, blood vessel growth, migration to the site of injury, and more.
During that time, the term PRP wasn’t yet thought of as a means to heal injuries directly, however. PRP was used as a treatment for thrombocytopenia,
PRP can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal repairs, aesthetic improvements for skin and hair and enhanced sexual health. Carolina Wellness Clinic focuses on PRP treatment of joints being knee, shoulder and elbow.
PRP is a relatively new method of treatment for several orthopedic conditions such as muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries; arthritis; and fractures. PRP injections can help alleviate painful symptoms, promote healing, and delay joint replacement surgeries.
It is normal to feel some discomfort at the injection site for a few days after your procedure.
Because the PRP concentration is made from own blood, there’s no risk of allergic reaction or transmission of a communicable disease in connection with the use of your own blood. Possible side effects include mild pain or tenderness at the injection site, swelling, temporary bleeding or injury to tissue.
Recovery from PRP therapy entails minimal downtime. Improvement varies by patient depending on severity of their condition and results occur generally within 3-6 weeks.
Please be prepared to have your blood drawn. Make sure to eat healthy meals, drink plenty of water – not alcohol – and rest properly the day before any PRP procedure. This is a self-pay service insurance not accepted.
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