Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses an injection 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 your own blood and processing it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into the affected body part. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Platelet-rich plasma has been found to enhance the healing process and may be used for shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff injury, Achilles tendon pathology, and other soft-tissue injuries. PRP has also been demonstrated to improve function and reduce pain in people who have tendonitis or chronic tendinosis conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.
Key advantages of PRP injections include; reducing the need for anti-inflammatories and limited side effects. The injection is created from your own blood and your body will not reject or react negatively to it.
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