Also called PRP or ACP Therapy (Autologous conditioned plasma). Takes advantage of the bloods natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, muscles, tendons and bones. With the effectiveness of this treatment, more and more people in Texas are turning to PRP Therapy to heal orthopaedic and osteoarthritis conditions. This most common use is for knee osteoarthritis.
Treatment with platelet-rich plasma consists of a doctor injecting PRP directly into the affected joint.
The Goal is to:
- Stop or repair damage to cartilage
- improve function of the joint
- reduce pain
PRP or Plasma therapy consists of your own blood enriched with a higher concentration of platelets than normal.
What is Plasma?
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood (called plasma). It is the red and white blood cells & platelets that flow through your blood stream. Plasma is mostly water and includes antibodies, nutrients, proteins, glucose and other components.
What are Platelets?
Platelets are a normal part of your blood. Platelets consist of growth factors and additional proteins that stimulate tissue regeneration, regulate cell division and promote healing of joints and tissue. Clotting and healing is also a function of platelets. Anyone with difficulty healing from cuts usually has too few or defective platelets.
How does PRP Treatment Work?
PRP Treatment works by first drawing blood. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells. The platelet concentration is then increased through a process called centrifugation. Once complete, the boosted platelet concentration is added back with the remaining blood.
Famous athletes known to have benefited from PRP treatments include Tiger Woods (pro golfer), Rafael Nadal (professional tennis player) and many others. Many of these athletes help recover from sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries using platelet-rich plasma injections. Some have credited PRP in helping them return to competition more quickly. source:AAOS