Regenerative Medicine is constantly making new and exciting discoveries. PRP, platelet rich plasma, has been used in surgeries to promote healing since the late 1980’s. PRP is a natural way of using your own blood to assist in the healing process. A procedure begins with a doctor drawing 30 to 120 cc of the patients’ blood. They then proceed to spin it through a centrifuge to separate the whole blood cells and the plasma. This process allows for a 5 to 10 times greater concentration of platelets. The plasma contains growth factors that have been shown to aid and speed up the healing of the damaged tissue. The platelet-rich plasma with local anesthetics is then injected into the injury site.
Recently on the news, a University of Scranton volleyball player reported success with using PRP. The 21-year-old Catherine Manning says she trains hard every day of the week all year long. She did so until she began to feel pain in her knee that began to swell. The more she practiced the worse and worse it got. At the doctor’s office, they noticed a small hole in her patellar tendon. After unsuccessfully trying physical therapy and steroid shots, they decided to give PRP a go.
This past January she went into the office for a PRP injection. The whole process took about one hour. She says that there was a noticeable difference. In her own words she says, “I’m feeling great, not having any pain, excited to see how rehab progresses forward so that I can get ready for my season come August.” She is now back on the court playing the sport she loves.
This is one of many testimonies of the effectiveness of PRP. So, if you have tried other forms of treatment you might give PRP a try. PRP is not currently covered by insurance but just ask your local doctor about PRP to learn more.