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Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an innovative, non-surgical approach to promote healing of tendinosis by taking advantage of the body’s own healing properties. Plasma is the liquid portion of our blood responsible for carrying red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Normally our blood is composed of approximately 10% of platelets. However, in PRP, the platelet concentration is multiplied up to 4 times as much as normal blood in order to concentrate the healing properties of the platelets. PRP has been used in various other fields of medicine for more than 20 years to enhance wound healing. One of the roles of platelets is to release an abundance of growth factors to help speed up soft tissue and wound healing. With PRP therapy, we inject those concentrated platelets and healing factors directly into the site of injury to stimulate recovery of tendinopathies.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Currently PRP is a non-surgical treatment option for chronic tendinopathies. These include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellar tendinitis (Jumper’s knee)
  • Plantar fasciitis

These conditions are often referred to as “tendonitis”. However, research has shown that chronic tendinopathies are usually a painful, non-inflammatory process that results as a consequence of a viscous cycle of injury, degeneration, abnormal remodeling/scarring, and reinjury of the tendon…better defined as “tendinosis”. PRP works to actually heal the underlying problem because the healing factors promote the formation of a matrix within the tissue for proteins to create a more resilient tendon structure.

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