Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a new therapeutic technique that takes a patient’s own plasma and selects from this draw cells that repair and regenerate tissue. Using a guidance method, such as ultrasound, the repair cells are injected directly into an area of damage or degeneration to help speed the healing process. A retrospective review study recently discovered that the majority of patients with chronic tendinopathy polled reported a moderate amount of pain relief, and were overall very satisfied with the procedure. According to the review, 82% of patients who received at least one platelet-rich plasma injection experienced moderate to total symptom relief.
More studies may be needed, but platelet-rich plasma therapy may be useful in patients with chronic tendinopathy. PRP, bone marrow concentrate injections and prolotherapy are some of the many new breakthroughs in orthopedic medicine. At the Orthohealing Center in Los Angeles, doctors utilize these techniques to naturally address chronic and acute orthopedic concerns.