Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment therapy no longer employed by only professional athletes. PRP was initially developed in the 1970s, however, recent technologic advances have enabled the administration of PRP to move from the hospital setting into outpatient and ambulatory surgical center, and now, even into physicians’ offices.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process. What are tendons & ligaments? Tendons connect the muscle to the bone making it possible for you to do many every day physical activities. Overuse of damage to the tendon over
a long period of time causes the collagen fibers in the tendon to form small tears, a condition call tendinosis. Damage to tendons most often occurs in the knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, bicep, calf and Achilles tendons. Ligaments are composed of collagen fibers that hold one bone to another, stabilizing the joint and controlling the range of motion. When a ligament is damaged it is no longer able to provide support, weakening the joints. Tendons and ligaments have poor blood supply. Combined with the stress of day-to-day activities, they do not easily heal from damage. As a result the tendons and ligaments become inefficient causing chronic pain and weakness. Medical intervention may be necessary.