Platelet-rich plasma injection of the knee

Orthopedic Services: What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is an alternative, non-invasive treatment that helps to promote healing in injured or damaged tissue. It is increasingly used in orthopedic services because of its effectiveness in treating tendon and ligament injuries, arthritis, fractures and to boost healing after surgery.

Unlike pain injections, which are helpful if an injury is able to heal on its own, PRP therapy can be used on more advanced injuries without surgery.

What is PRP?

Blood is comprised primarily of plasma liquid, but also contains platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells — components that are known to promote healing.

PRP is actually created with your own blood. A patient will have their blood drawn, the blood will undergo centrifugation to separate the platelets from the other blood cells and increase their concentration, and then those platelets are combined with the remaining plasma and injected into the affected area that needs healing.

The reason PRP is so favorable is that it can yield positive results, without invasive surgery and minimal side effects, such as mild pain at the injection site.

What is PRP used to treat?

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is used most commonly, and most successfully, among chronic tendon, ligament or muscle issues, such as “jumper’s knee” or “tennis elbow.” It’s also used in cases of painful inflammation and arthritis or bursitis.

For more information, visit our Southeast Orthopedics Service page, or call 910-641-6683.


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