Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been around for years and is becoming a more common treatment for joint pain, degenerative conditions, injuries to ligaments, tendons and cartilage, and osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, or shoulder.
During PRP therapy, the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, a process that separates the various components of the blood. This isolates the platelets, a solid component in the blood, from other blood cells.
The platelet-rich solution is then injected in the area of the body that needs to be treated, sometimes with the guidance of an ultrasound machine.
Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
The platelets from the patient’s own blood contain growth factors that can help stimulate the body’s natural healing process to rebuild damaged tendon or cartilage and help reduce inflammation processes.
A more effective and complete treatment, PRP therapy allows for the regeneration of natural tissue and a potential decreased likelihood of repeat injuries. It can be an effective solution for those who have tried traditional treatments with minimal success.
PRP can help patients avoid surgery, and is beneficial for those who want to postpone surgery or for athletes who want to avoid a potentially career-ending surgery.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist was the first in the region to offer PRP therapy and we commonly treat patients at our sports medicine facilities.
Patients with arthritis or injuries undergo a full evaluation, and the medical team will explore all options to determine which is the best route for each individual patient.
Note that PRP therapy may not be covered by your insurance.