Platelet rich Plasma (PRP), a minimally invasive treatment for Tendinitis and Arthritis, is an enriched blood product composed primarily of platelets — a type of cell found in the blood. PRP is an emerging clinical tool for use in a wide variety of medical applications. With PRP, a blood sample is collected and then blood plasma is concentrated with higher than normal amounts of platelets, which most famously play a role in blood clotting, but have also been discovered to release a multitude of protein growth factors involved in many other biological responses involved in healing and tissue repair. The theory behind PRP is that by introducing platelets in large quantities to an injury site, the excess of growth factors might stimulate inflammation and heal long-term injuries contributing to chronic pain. PRP was first utilized during an open heart procedure in 1987, and has since found application in a wide variety of medical specialties. The growing medical application of PRP is a direct result of an increased understanding of platelets and their physiological role in healing processes.
Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most common causes of chronic pain and disability in the world, and PRP has been shown to be particularly suited their treatment. Tendons in particular are vulnerable to injury as they anchor muscle to bone and are responsible for handling large amounts of force. They also heal very slowly, as the fibrous tissue contains very little vascular supply with which to receive blood and healing mediators such as platelets. PRP has more recently been reported to be helpful in the treatment of chronic pain due to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Clinical studies continue to accumulate data on the potential benefits of PRP therapy. Some of the best documented musculoskeletal conditions that have been effectively treated with PRP therapy include:
- Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow/Golfer Elbow)
- Tendinopathy/tendonitis (Achilles/Patellar/Rotator Cuff)
Dr. Nomen Azeem, Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, has done extensive research in the use of PRP for painful musculoskeletal conditions and has had numerous patients benefit from this progressive treatment. He reports, “Many patients become frustrated having tried anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and even steroid injections without long lasting relief of their pain. I am excited to be able to offer a minimally invasive treatment option for such patients, allowing them to experience long term pain relief.” For more details, please visit our website HERE.