What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma, more commonly referred to as PRP, is a type of arthritis therapy. PRP has also been shown to be effective at treating tendonitis, joint pain, and is even useful for various cosmetic and aesthetic treatments!
Unlike many orthopedic treatments that involve steroids or other medications to reduce pain, PRP relies on activating and enhancing the human body’s natural healing response. With platelet rich plasma treatments there is minimal risk involved. Many patients experience improvement within just weeks of their treatment, which is making PRP out to be an incredibly attractive and even preferable orthopedic treatment option.
How does the procedure work?
The procedure of platelet rich plasma treatment is quite simple! First, we draw the blood. Second, we spin down that blood to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Next, we extract and concentrate the platelet rich layer of that plasma. Lastly, the PRP is injected back into the damaged tissue.
The introduction of that platelet rich plasma then triggers a natural healing response by your body.
The platelets, when activated, release adhesive glycoproteins and other various growth factors, which enhance healing on a cellular level.
How it can help you?
Treating sports injuries with PRP injection is a popular and effective application of this procedure. This treatment reduces recovery time from injury and overuse, and is a popular choice among all types of athletes. PRP can also promote muscle healing, as well as provide significant pain relief in arthritic joints, particularly knees.
Plus with the high success rate of PRP therapy, resorting to surgery is often unnecessary.
As with orthopedic applications, PRP injections can also treat scars, ulcers, and contour defects. PRP treatments create new, healthy tissue, allowing us to cosmetically improve problem areas on the forehead, lips, and neck where dermal fillers or Botox injections may not be appropriate.
Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Sonnenberg, has performed PRP treatments to residents of Salt Lake County, Utah, and beyond! With more than 35 years of orthopedic experience, patients will receive the highest level of quality care.
Have more questions? Give us a call at (801) 566-4242 and we will be happy to answer them for you!