Doctors have used platelet rich plasma, known as PRP for short, as a treatment for injuries for the past several years. Famous athletes have been treated with PRP for chronic tendon injuries or sprained knees. In the past, these injuries were treated with surgery, physical therapy and medications, but many athletes claim they can return to competition more quickly when they are treated with PRP.
Blood is made up of plasma that is mainly liquid, but it also contains small particles called red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. These contain proteins called growth factors that are part of the healing process of injuries.
Platelet rich plasma has many more platelets that are normally found in blood. This means a concentration of growth factors that makes the blood five or 10 times richer than regular blood. PRP is made by taking blood from the patient, separating the platelets through a process called centrifugation and then mixing the concentration of platelets with the remaining blood.
During a consultation with our specialist at Longevity Regenerative Institute in Oklahoma City, you can explain your pain and learn more about PRP. Some factors that may modify the effectiveness of platelet rich plasma treatment are:
• The area of the body that is injured or in pain
• The patient’s overall health
• The type of injury, such as an acute injury from a fall or chronic pain that doesn’t go away
Platelet rich plasma treatments have been successful treating chronic tendon injuries such as inflammation, tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis and injuries of the patellar tendon at the knee. Muscle injuries and acute ligament injuries are common in professional athletes. PRP therapy has actually improved the healing process in many patients.
Research is still being done to evaluate the benefits of PRP for knee arthritis, bone fractures and surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon and torn knee ligaments. There are experts who also believe that PRP may be a good treatment for osteoarthritis.
Chronic tendon injuries around the elbow may also benefit from PRP treatment. If you have chronic pain, it may be worth asking our specialist at Longevity Regenerative Institute some questions to determine if PRP would be a good option for reducing your pain. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Oklahoma City.