PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Injections is a new medical technology that can be used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal or soft tissue injuries. Our blood is a rich source of cells. It contains plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are small cells which contain clotting and growth factors. Under normal circumstances when an injury occurs, you get bleeding in the area. During this process platelets are activated and they bind together. The activation of theses platelets results in the release of the clotting and growth factors from the platelets. This stimulates inflammation and is the first step in the healing process.
Under normal conditions our blood contains about 6% platelets. Platelet Rich Plasma Injections however have a significantly higher concentration of platelets, an increased supra-physiological platelet concentration. Some Studies have shown that this supra-physiological elevation in platelet concentration, when injected directly into an area of acute or chronic injury, can potentially have superior healing benefits.
Essentially a Platelet Rich Plasma injection is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of the patients own blood which is injected directly into an area under ultrasound guidance. It can be used for both acute injuries to help reduce recovery time, or hasten recovery in chronic injuries to help improve symptoms.
Recent studies have shown that Platelet Rich Plasma Injections can be helpful in the treatment of Plantar fasciitis, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
Other conditions that may benefit from these injections include:
-Any tendinitis or tendinosis, such as Achilles’ tendinitis
-Acute ankle ligament sprain
-Bursitis, such as Shoulder impingement (sub acromial bursitis)
-Acute joint inflammation