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Platelet activation plays a key role in the body's natural healing process. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems such as : Knee Osteoarthritis Lateral Epicondylitis Ulnar Collateral Ligament Achilles Tendinosis Muscle injury Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Rotator Cuff Repair and more......
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of the patient’s own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The activated platelets are then injected directly into the injured or diseased body tissue, releasing growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells.
Ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to guide the injection. The photographs below illustrate a PRP injection into a patient's torn tendon. The ultrasound guidance is shown at left and the injection is shown at right.
How Do Platelet-rich Plasma Injections Work?
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
Overview of PRP Injections