By Dr. Brandon C. Maisel
Over the past several decades Platelet-rich Plasma (“PRP”) has become a viable treatment option for numerous conditions. Whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis, “tennis elbow,” Achilles tendonitis or shoulder pain, PRP may be a suitable treatment option. So, what exactly is platelet-rich plasma? PRP is a concentrated source of platelets derived from your own blood. The platelets are retrieved once your blood is drawn and undergoes a process called centrifugation. The centrifuge separates the components of your blood and hyper concentrates the platelets. The platelet serum is withdrawn into a syringe and now we are ready for the injection! At Gelb Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, great care is taken to ensure comfort of the patient and appropriate placement of the injection, thus ultrasound guidance may be used for the injection process.
How does PRP work? Platelets are generally known for “clotting” your blood after a cut; however, platelets as well contain growth factors that in turn trigger a cascade of cell reproduction. These new cells can now fuel healing and tissue regeneration in the selected treatment area. For example, lateral epicondylitis better known as “tennis elbow” is inflammation of tendons over the lateral aspect of your elbow. PRP aims to reduce inflammation and restore damaged tissue. Ultimately, this is a form of natural healing, therefore adverse reactions to the injection are very low.
Well-known athletes have been known to benefit from PRP, those including Tiger Woods, Steph Curry, Rafael Nadal and many others. We aim to offer the same treatment options that top-professional athletes receive. Book your appointment at Gelb Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center today to learn more about PRP and other treatment options for your musculoskeletal condition.