What is PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy involves activating a component of blood called a platelet so that it releases healing growth factors. Around 30 mL of the patients blood is removed and put in a centrifuge where the blood is seperated into its components. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected into the subject area and healing happens, releasing three to five times the growth factors compared to normal human blood. Procedure times can be easy and fast. A platelet injection for tendonitis takes less than 15 minutes. The majority of patients will require 1-3 sets of PRP injection therapy with each set spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Since PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood, the risk of reaction is low. As with any injection, there is a small risk of injury to any structures in the area, as well as a very small risk of infection.
PRP for Shoulder
PRP treatments for the shoulder can include rotator cuff injuries, biceps tendonitis, labral and SLAP tears, instability and arthritis.