PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. It's a therapeutic procedure used to treat and aid in the healing of bone with conditions like osteoarthritis or in the treatment in the healing of tendon injuries. PRP is a relatively new procedure in the field of orthobiolgics and strives to combine the body's own ability to heal with modern technological advances in the treatment of bone and tissue injury.
The platelet rich plasma contains clotting agents and healing proteins coined growth factors that aid in wound and injury healing processes. Their use in injected therapies speeds up the healing process and encourages tissue regeneration.
To determine if you might be a good candidate for PRP injection, your doctor will take complete physical history from you and give you a thorough physical examination. He may also order a number of tests, including:
The PRP injection procedure takes place in your doctor's office.
Upon your doctor's instruction, you will engage in physical or rehabilitation therapy in order to facilitate strengthening, stretching and stability of the affected area. You may be restricted from playing sports for up to 12 weeks following the injection, with activities gradually added to your lifestyle.