Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Injecting this into injured ligaments and tendons stimulates healing.
When PRP is injected into a damaged area, it causes mild inflammation that triggers a healing cascade. As a result, new collagen (a major component of connective tissue) begins to develop. As this collagen matures it shrinks, causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.
PRP injections can be performed on tendons and ligaments all over the body. Sports injuries, arthritic joints, lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, and more specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ACL tears, shin splints, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis may all be effectively treated by PRP.