What Are PRP Injections?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is super-physiologically concentrated platelets and growth factors that stimulate healing and regeneration of injured tissues, muscles, tendons or ligaments. PRP is derived from your own body and is 100% natural. PRP injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery because of the great results patients of all ages are obtaining. Whether you are an elite athlete or a “Weekend Warrior,” regenerative therapies, including PRP, are an effective and safe nonsurgical therapy to treat forms of acute and chronic pain.
While PRP is a relatively new therapy for treatment of muscle and joint disorders, there are reliable studies (level 1 evidence) showing it to be effective for certain conditions including tendon and ligament tears (tennis elbow, rotator cuff tear, patellar tendon tear, plantar fasciitis). There are also many mid level studies (level 2 evidence) showing it to be effective for mild-moderate osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder.
Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of having an allergic or immune reaction. In fact, side effects from PRP injection are extremely rare. The main risks include local infection at the site of injection (1% risk) and pain at the injection site.