PRP injections are created by centrifuging a sample of your blood. The platelets in your blood will settle in a layer that can be withdrawn into a syringe and injected back into you.
We currently use PRP to treat:
- osteoarthritis to limit pain
- tennis elbow
- golfers elbow
- patella tendinitis or jumpers knee
- a few other conditions.
There is a TON of hype surrounding PRP. There is little doubt that stem cells and PRP will have a role in management of many orthopedic injuries. Unfortunately, of right now we do not have enough scientific research or proof to use it for issues other that the ones I mentioned above. Much of the research performed on PRP shows that it doesn’t work for many problems such as rotator cuff tears.
In this video Dr Jeff Berg and myself discuss:
- What PRP is
- What PRP might help with
- What PRP won’t help heal