Platelet-rich plasma treatment consists of using the patient’s own concentrated platelets that are extracted from the blood and then injected back into the injured area. This is done to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood and contains a larger more concentrated number of platelets than usual.
Platelets are obtained from blood withdrawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells, and then injected back into the injured area.
When injected into the injury, healing is greatly accelerated, and pain is significantly reduced within a few days following the procedure. Platelet-rich injections have up to 5 times the healing power of normal blood that has not been put through the enrichment process. Platelet Rich Plasma injections, PRP for short, are used to treat a variety of orthopedic ailments including Achilles tendonitis and chronic plantar fasciitis.