Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has attracted athletes and non-athletes alike, especially those in the Baby Boomer generation, to help heal damaged tissue. PRP is created by centrifuging a small sample of a patient’s blood (usually 60 cc) to separate the platelets (cells responsible for clotting) in a small volume of plasma.I strongly suggest you to visit QC Kinetix (Lake Norman) to learn more about this.
This platelet concentration is then injected into the patient’s injury site under ultrasound guidance. PRP is based on the idea that growth and healing factors, which are contained in tiny packets within platelets, speed up tissue regeneration.
Tendonitis, or more precisely, tendinopathy, is a universal soft tissue injury problem that affects both athletes and Baby Boomers alike.
These tendon injuries are caused by microscopic tearing of the tendon, which leads to the formation of scar tissue. Since these tendinopathies are typically found in “watershed” areas, or areas with a small blood supply, they recover slowly. The Achilles tendon is a good example.
Since a lack of blood flow makes it difficult for nutrients, as well as healing and growth factors, to enter the infected region, PRP can help.
So, putting theory aside, what has the data revealed?
A variety of studies on the efficacy of PRP have yielded contradictory results. Some studies have found that it is beneficial, although others have found that it is not.
So, what’s the deal with the disparity, and does PRP really work?
Since PRP is a dramatic operation involving a needle, some researchers argue that the placebo effect is to blame for its effectiveness.
Another hypothesis is that needling a tendon induces pain and bleeding, which is believed to aid healing by attracting growth factors in the bloodstream.