PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is becoming increasingly popular in treating damaged tendons, arthritic joints, and other orthopedic conditions.
PRP is a non-invasive treatment option that can be used for various knee and shoulder conditions. PRP injections promote tissue healing and growth to relieve pain and discomfort. They provide lasting relief since they stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism.
What is a PRP injection?
Platelets are cells, found in your blood. Platelets help the blood clot in case of an injury. However, they also carry growth factors that are essential to heal injuries.
Platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood. The doctor will draw your blood as in a routine blood test. This blood will be spun in a centrifuge to separate various components. The platelets and plasma will be separated from the red blood cells. This platelet rich plasma will then be injected into a damaged tissue, such as a tendon or joint, to promote natural healing.
PRP Injections for Knee Conditions
Since they promote cell regeneration, PRP injections are often an effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis and other cartilage defects. PRP injections for the knees can begin the healing process and help to repair the damaged tissues in the knee.
A knee PRP injection can be used to treat –
- soft tissues that have degenerated
- arthritic joints
- other parts of the knee that have become damaged, for example damaged ACL and meniscal injuries
PRP injections are a quite effective and safe treatment. Since PRP is made from your own blood, there is minimal risk of rejection or infection. Depending on your condition, the entire PRP injection procedure may take only 30 to 60 minutes.