Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is used to help soft tissue injuries recover faster.

Since Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward used PRP therapy to rebound from a nagging knee injury in time to help the Steelers win last year’s Super Bowl, the therapy gained a lot of attention. This was not the first time Platelet Rich Plasma therapy had been used, but it definitely generated a lot of interest.QC Kinetix (Lake Norman) offers excellent info on this.

PRP is also commonly used in the medical world as an alternative to surgery for a number of conditions. The hypothesis is that the platelets are isolated in a centrifuge from the patient’s own blood. After the blood components have been removed, the patient’s own plasma is pumped into the injured region with a high concentration of platelets. The Platelet Rich Plasma Injection is thought to facilitate healing in conditions like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, knee problems, and tendons strengthening.

In a nutshell, Platelet Rich Plasma is a form of plasma that contains a lot of platelets. Injections of one’s own platelets have properties that promote the healing process naturally. The healing process is accelerated when high concentrations are applied to a particular region.

Since the platelets belong to the patient being treated, there is a low chance of rejection with this treatment. Since most therapy targets are placed in areas with little blood flow, or at least not enough to transport the concentrated platelets to the points where they are most useful, this is achieved by direct injection. So far, slight pain has been identified at the injection sites, but the benefits of PRP therapy far outweigh any minor discomfort.