The most well known applications for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments have been in the field of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. This has resulted in significant attention from the media because of its use by the NFL, Major League Baseball, Tiger Woods, and other elite athletes.
Interest in PRP is growing in part because traditional treatments for joint problems are often only marginally effective. Surgery may often be ineffective and can cause complications and further damage. Cortisone shots temporarily reduce pain, but they don’t address the underlying problem and may lead to joint damage if used repeatedly. Physical therapy is very helpful in some cases but ineffective for many. Sometimes not much more than an icepack and ibuprofen is all that the patient is left with.
More studies are underway to elucidate the benefits and prove the effectiveness of new PRP treatments and to research the best ways to standardize the treatment’s preparation and delivery.
PRP is used for the following conditions:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis/ tears
- Shoulder joint arthritis
- Labral tears and degeneration
- Glenohumeral ligament strains
- Epicondylitis- Tennis Elbow
- Ligament tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle ligament tears