Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a biologic therapy that is used to treat orthopedic injuries and arthritis. It is made from a patient's own blood and is rich in growth factors and platelets, which are important for healing and tissue repair.
PRP is typically prepared by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and placing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells. The resulting concentration of platelets and plasma is then injected back into the patient at the site of the injury or arthritis.
PRP has been used to treat a variety of orthopedic injuries, including tendon and ligament injuries, muscle strains, and osteoarthritis. It is thought to work by promoting the body's natural healing process and reducing inflammation.
There is some evidence to suggest that PRP may be effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. However, more research is needed to fully understand the effectiveness of PRP and to determine the optimal dosing and frequency of treatment.
PRP is generally considered to be a safe and minimally invasive treatment option, with few reported side effects. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
In summary, PRP is a promising biologic therapy for the treatment of orthopedic injuries and arthritis. While more research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness, it has shown promise in reducing pain and improving function in some patients.
Dr. Elkin offers PRP injections for certain conditions and is happy to discuss if an injection would be reasonable for you.