Musculoskeletal conditions are treated in various ways, including injecting substances into the target sites. These injection methods are primarily utilized to improve pain and speed up the body’s natural regeneration process. One such method is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection. PRP is a method by which blood serum is collected and centrifuged to concentrate the platelets and then injected into sites of injury. Platelets contain critical factors in our blood that induce regeneration, growth, and healing in our tissues. The concentration of the platelets in PRP can grow as much as 5x the average concentration and thus generate the healing process more effectively at the site of injury. This procedure is highly effective in treating tendinopathies, such as tennis elbow, which can take a very long time to subside without treatment. However, there are a variety of other MSK conditions for which PRP could be effective.
The procedure is safe from significant side effects, as it involves using the patient’s blood: Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a naturally lubricating lubricant in the human body. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis can benefit from these injections to improve joint pain and stiffness.