You may have heard stories of professional baseball and basketball players flying around the globe to receive PRP therapy so they can get back in the game faster. That technology is now offered here at Orlando Orthopaedic Center, and you don’t have to be a professional athlete to experience the benefits. Weekend warriors, recreational athletes and patients of all ages credit PRP therapy for enabling them to get back to what they love with less pain and increased function. Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.
As a concentrated source of these platelets, PRP contains an abundance of growth factors that can stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP Therapy involves using a portion of the patient’s blood enhanced with platelets to promote the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This process can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. This promotes healing and helps patients return to normal function quickly and, potentially, without surgery.