Dr. Charles Preston of Muir Orthopaedic Specialists explains a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection.
Question: What is a PRP injection?
Answer: PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. A PRP injection is a technique that can be used to treat injured soft tissue. It can be used in combination with a surgical procedure or as a stand alone treatment. Blood is drawn from the patient and a centrifuge is used to thin down the blood, which separates out the platelets. The doctor then injects the platelet rich plasma back into the patient at the site of the injury. This type of treatment is used for chronic or long-term injuries that have not had success with more conservative measures.