Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?
For the most part, your blood is made up of a liquid substance called plasma. However, your blood also has tiny solid plate-shaped cells called platelets. Whenever you sustain an injury that causes you to bleed, whether internally or externally, platelets help to thicken or clot the blood to help stop the bleeding. Along with this essential role, platelets are made up of various proteins that help in other healing processes.
Because of its unique healing capabilities, platelet-rich plasma — which is plasma that contains a higher than normal platelet count — can be used as a treatment aid. This is known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Why is platelet-rich plasma therapy used?
Generally, platelet-rich plasma therapy can be used to help enhance the healing process of bone and soft tissue. PRP therapy can be used in the treatment of shoulder, knee, hip, and ankle injuries and conditions, including:
- Chronic tendon injuries e.g., Achilles tendonitis
- Ligament and muscle injuries e.g., knee sprains
- Common sports injuries
- Joint pain
- Knee arthritis
What does platelet-rich plasma therapy involve?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves your doctor obtaining a sample of your blood and isolating the platelets from other cells in your blood. During a process called centrifugation, the number of isolated platelets is increased. All platelets are then reintroduced to the initial blood sample, which is then, depending on its use, injected into the site of injury or stitched into damaged tissue.
What are the benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be beneficial in speeding up the general recovery of certain hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle conditions or injuries. Platelet-rich plasma can also be used during surgery to help speed up healing and recovery time.
If you are interested in the potential therapeutic benefits of platelet-rich plasma, a consultation with an orthopedic specialist may be the first step towards discovering a treatment and recovery plan that is right for you. Dr. Burrus is an experienced fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is dedicated to providing high-quality, specialized holistic care. Call 512.477.6341 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.