We now offer this cutting-edge therapy to our patients. More about platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, can be found under our FAQs tab. This is what the process look like: 15 ml of your blood is withdrawn, then centrifuged to separate it into red cells, platelets, and platelet-rich yellow plasma at the top. The plasma is then re-injected into a painful joint, ligament or tendon junction. This sets off the inflammatory cascade of healing, and once the initial discomfort has settled, growth factors in the plasma stimulate the production of healthy new tissue to facilitate healing. It is a quicker way to stimulate healing than prolotherapy, but it is also a more expensive procedure, although typically fewer PRP treatments are needed than prolotherapy treatments to achieve the same degree of healing. Sometimes PRP is combined with prolotherapy for the best effect. PRP is usually given into the affected joint, with prolotherapy given to the surrounding ligaments for stronger support.
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.