PRP has also shown promise in helping speed up the recovery process after a fracture. It’s an effective therapy for numerous other musculoskeletal issues, including:
Acute and chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow
Muscle and ligament injuries
Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis)
Chronic and acute back pain due to injury or degenerative processes
Platelets are vital for clotting blood but also contain proteins called growth factors that are very important in the healing process. PRP contains as many as 10 times the normal concentration of platelets.
For PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn and the platelet-rich plasma is separated out and placed in a syringe. The PRP is then injected into the injured area.
For joint damage, the treatment is also known as “prolotherapy,” or proliferation therapy, since the solution is injected very near or into the joint itself. The proteins in the PRP promote the healing and regeneration of new tissue, which resolves the symptoms associated with the damage.