Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a new type of treatment that relieves pain in musculoskeletal conditions by stimulating the body’s healing response to injury. There are many disorders that may benefit from this including tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis, plantar fascitis, achilles tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament sprains, and tendon injuries. During surgery PRP is used to potentially enhance and accelerate healing in rotator cuff repairs, anterior crucuate ligament reconstruction, achilles tendon repairs, and many other operations.
PRP works by enhancing and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When your get injured, platelet cells migrate to the damaged area. These specialized cells contain growth and healing factors. These factors regulate the healing process. PRP is designed to deliver a greater concentration of platelets, helping to stimulate and accelerate the healing process.
PRP is created from your own blood. A portion of blood is drawn (similar to a blood test in a lab), the sample is placed in a specialized machine called a centrifuge which separates the platelets from other components in the blood. The results are a concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) which is then injected into the injured site. Since your own blood is used in the process, there is no risk of reaction or disease transmission.
At Somers Orthopaedics, we have extensive experience in using PRP, both in the office, and in surgery. Patients that fail to respond to cortisone injections, physical therapy, rest, bracing, analgesics, or non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be good candidates for PRP. Ask us how you may benefit from PRP.