What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a field of medicine which employs the latest technologies to speed the body's natural ability to heal itself. The therapy involves the patient's blood being extracted and spun down to obtain a concentrate of platelets which are injected into an area of the body for the purpose of promoting healing.

Platelets are sub-cellular units that normally exist in our blood stream.  During their short life cycle of 5-6 days, they are available to assist in forming blood clots and allow healing at sites of injury. They carry within them ‘granules’ that are collections of small protein ‘messengers’ or 'Platelet Growth Factors'. These messengers have been shown in prior research studies to turn on repair cycles in certain tissues.  

By taking a small volume of your blood and then extracting the platelets, we are able to create a high concentration of these valuable substances which can then be re-injected into areas where they are needed.  

There are various parts of the body that can be treated with platelet rich plasma therapy. Some more common examples include the shoulder (Rotator Cuff), elbow (Tennis Elbow), hip muscles (Hip Abductors in Trochanteric Bursistis), knee (Patellar Tendon and Osteoarthritis), ankle (Achilles Tendon and Plantar Fasciitis), and the sacroiliac joint ligament (Sacroiliac Joint Incompetence).

Dependant on the severity of the underlying tendon disease and the length of symptoms, approximately 80% of patients will obtain complete or significant relief of their symptoms.