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What is PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a fluid made from your own blood that contains a concentrated amount of your platelets. In addition to their role in stopping bleeding, platelets contain more than 1,500 proteins that contribute to healing. Fortunately for in orthopaedics, the tissues they help heal really well include tendons, ligaments and muscles. They also help decrease pain and inflammation, and slow down degeneration, in conditions such as arthritis.

PLATELET RICH PLASMA treatment for knee osteoarthritis

When do we use PRP?

What are the potential risks and side effects?

PRP is delivered via injection to the treatment site. The injection itself, as well as the body’s initial healing responses, can cause discomfort for up to a week afterward. Your health care team will provide you with instructions regarding treatment of any discomfort you might have.

How does it work?

PRP therapy mobilizes growth factors in order to activate the body’s repair and regenerative response. It is used for conditions that the body can repair on its own or those conditions whose healing process may require therapies like PRP to jump start the regenerative process. PRP may also trigger the mobilization of stem cells to the injured area.

Advantages of PRP

  • Autologous (no risk of rejection)
  • Minimally invasive (blood draw)
  • Convenient (no need for general anesthesia or waiting days/weeks for a treatment)
  • Supported by thousands of scientific studies (canine, feline, equine, bovine, and human)

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