Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a form of injection treatment for pain caused by weakened ligaments and tendons.
The treatment involves extracting the repair cells from a small amount of your blood and injecting a concentrated amount to build new ligament or tendon in areas where it has become weak or injured. To create the PRP, blood is drawn and placed in specialized medical equipment that uses state-of-the-art technology to separate platelets and active blood components into a syringe.
After your blood is processed and concentrated, the reparative components (platelets and growth factors) are injected into injured areas to accelerate the natural healing process. Nothing is added to the blood to create the PRP. PRP is injected directly into the area that the ligament or tendon attaches to the bone. This focuses the natural healing process in the injured area. The result is a stronger bond between the ligament or tendon and the bone, which will improve pain and increase function. For more information, see the Platelet Rich Plasma for Chronic Pain brochure under Patient Resources.