Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy was initially used on a limited basis in the late 1970s in the areas of maxillofacial surgery and dermatology. In the current decade, the focus on using PRP in orthopedics has exploded as a means of potentially regenerating tissue and healing injuries.
PRP therapy falls under the regenerative medicine umbrella as a non-surgical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries. By using a patient’s own sample of blood, the components of the blood are separated using a centrifuge. The platelets are extracted and injected into the injured area of the body. The exact mechanism by which PRP works remains elusive, however, the theory is that numerous growth factors and bioactive proteins contained in PRP can stimulate cell proliferation and repartative capabilities, leading to tissue healing.
Despite the lack of high quality studies in the literature, the early experience with PRP has been extremely positive in the treatment of many clinical conditions. As PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, many potential risks are minimized and appears to be safe.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments are performed in our Westchase office by John Shim, M.D, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon.
The use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an alternative treatment for many muscoskeletal and soft tissue disorders. In some cases, PRP treatments may be offered despite a lack of credible scientific evidence in the current literature. No guarantees can be made as to the outcome of treatment with PRP. As with any procedure, there are always potential risks and benefits.