What is platelet-rich plasma (and how can it help)?

What is platelet-rich plasma (and how can it help)?

You may have heard the phrase “platelet-rich plasma” thrown around in reference to pain management, but do you actually know what it means? Here’s how this very basic body building block may actually be able to advance pain management and treatment in significant ways.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP therapy) has been used for over 25 years in cardiac surgery to speed healing and avoid further surgery. Its worth knowing about -- because more and more patients are able to avoid surgery with this method of therapy.

Platelet-rich plasma is basically just blood plasma (the liquid that holds your blood together) that has been enriched with platelets, which help stimulate cellular growth. When used as a clinical tool, the plasma has been found to prompt healing in soft tissue and bones, making it a great fit for many kinds of painful conditions and injuries. Those include back injuries, joint pain, neck pain, and rotator cuff injury.

One of the most interesting aspects of PRP therapy is that it is a non-surgical option which uses the patient’s own blood, making it both minimally invasive and highly effective at treating pain.

Want to learn more? The Washington Pain Management Center’s website features comprehensive information about PRP therapy, and would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.