Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a treatment for chronic conditions such as torn tendons, muscles and ligaments that often plague professional as well as amateur athletes.
It has been also used for a variety of other conditions including:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Achilles Tendinois
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
- Plantar Faciitis
- Hair Loss
- Scar Revision
- And Cosmetic Procedures
Dr. Knutson will take a small vial of blood that is collected into a FDA approved container and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components.
The concentrated platelets are then injected into the injured site to help with the repair of damaged tissue. The platelets secrete growth factors that produce regenerative healing.
This process reduces pain, accelerates healing and improves overall function of the injured area. While some individuals experience relief in a few days, the active healing process takes place over a period of time.
Mishra and Pavelko, American Journal of Sports Medicine.
John J. Wilson MD, MS Sports Health.
Carina Storrs, Scientific American.