Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet is one of the solid components of the otherwise thin blood (plasma). They are helpful in clotting blood and contain growth factors that are important in healing of the injuries.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma is a preparation of plasma that has 5-10 times more concentration of platelets than what is actually found in blood. This is prepared outside the body by first withdrawing blood from the patient and then separating platelets from other blood cells. The concentration of platelets is increased by centrifugation and is later combined with the remaining blood.

How does it work?

It works by potentially speeding up the healing process due to increased concentration of growth factors in PRP. The injury site is either injected with the PRP preparation along with a local anaesthetic or is actually stitched into torn tissues to promote healing.

Indications for PRP Therapy

  • Sprained knees

  • Chronic tendon injuries

  • Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries

  • Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

  • Certain types of surgery to help tissues heal

  • Knee Arthritis

  • Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine

  • Fractures

  • Pelvic Pain and Instability

  • Back and Neck Injuries

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Ankle Sprains

Benefits of PRP Therapy

The effectiveness of PRP therapy is still a topic of various clinical studies and is found to depend upon the area being treated, health of the patient and acute or chronic stage of the injury. Its potential benefits include:

  • Pain resolved

  • Improves the healing process

  • Athletes are able to return more quickly to competition

  • Greatly reduces the chances of surgery

  • Minimal risk