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Platelet Rich Plasma: An Overview

Platelet Rich Plasma


There have been numerous clinical studies on the topic of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment for degenerative changes in joints and tendons.  PRP therapy is currently being used as a non-operative treatment for mild to moderate osteoarthritic changes in hips, knees and some shoulders. It is also being used for tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, Achilles strains, and hamstring strains.

Dr. Patel has been offering this treatment since 2010 and now several other physicians are participating. They are combining their efforts and participating in PRP therapy.

What is platelet rich plasma?

Blood is made up of plasma, red cells and white cells. Plasma is the part of blood that aids in healing of injuries as well as clotting. PRP is when blood from a person is drawn, spun down in a centrifuge where the red and white blood cells separate from the plasma. The separated plasma is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

What is the idea behind platelet rich plasma?

Platelet rich plasma is high in proteins and growth factors. The thought is if concentrated and reinjected to a damaged joint it would find a beneficial effect. Studies have shown that patients with lower degrees of joint degeneration responded the best to the therapy with relief lasting up to 12 months in joint pain. Most patient with tendon injuries do not require additional PRP once healed.

Unfortunately, this treatment option has not been covered by private insurance carriers to date. Meaning this treatment would be an out-of-pocket expense.

If you think you may be a candidate for PRP therapy, please contact our office at 913-381-5225 or ask a nurse a question through our patient portal.