PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a very specific type of Prolotherapy (see link for information on prolotherapy if you do not have an understanding of that treatment.  PRP is a more potent treatment.  The difference being where prolotherapy most often uses a mix of dextrose and local anesthetic, PRP requires the use of the patient’s own plasma (the liquid within the blood) for injection.

The concept of inducing inflammation to generate healing response is increased by injecting plasma extracted from the blood into the injured ligament or tendon.  The benefit of this when platelets are exposed to injured tissue they start releasing communicating compounds that drive the healing process.  This includes the arrival of white blood cells which start cleaning up tissue debris.  That debris may in fact be the reason for the original pain that was causing swelling and ineffective inflammation.  Other platelet derived communicating compounds directly stimulate growth and repair of the tendon or ligament tissue.

PRP can be used in any situation where prolotherapy might be used however it is a more expensive procedure simply due to the extra time and the equipment required to perform the treatment.  It is often used in cases where the patient requires the duration of treatment to be decreased, the patient want to decrease the number of treatments or if the results of prolotherapy are unsatisfactory.

PRP is useful in many conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Wrist injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Rib pain
  • Golfers/Tennis elbow
  • Tension headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains/strains
  • Ankle injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Facet syndrome
  • ACL/PCL sprains
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder dislocation/separation
  • Whiplash
  • Post concussion
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Elbow Pain
  • Sciatica

If you have any questions about either PRP or prolotherapy please feel free to contact the Naturopathic Doctors at Ocean Park Natural Therapies.