PRP injections are one of the most recent methods used by physicians to heal patients by their own plasma. PRP stands for Platelet-rich Plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood that contains the platelets and the platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. The platelet-rich plasma injection has 5 to 10 times concentrations of the regular plasma. Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP injection can potentially speed up the healing process. To develop a PRP preparation, first blood is drawn from a patient. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Finally, the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood and injected into the area of the body that is being treated.
PRP injections can be used for many conditions such as:
Acute ligament and Muscle Injuries