Regenerative Medicine : PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy

Suffering a ligament or tendon injury is painful, but PRP can make recovery easier. Today PRP is a safe, clinically accepted treatment for a wide range of sports medicine patients.

What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a blood plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than is generally found in blood. These platelets contain proteins that initiate the healing of connective tissues such as bone, tendons, and ligaments.

What is PRP used for?
UHealth Sports Medicine uses the technique of PRP injections through out the body to help relieve pain and stop inflammation in many musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries including tennis elbow, hamstring injuries, calf strains, and other damaged tendons or ligaments. Many see significant improvements immediately after PRP therapies when paired with a rehabilitation program.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Works:

  • If you are a candidate for PRP, a UHealth Sports Medicine physician will draw your blood and extract your platelets on site in a lab at UHealth.
  • While platelets are best known for clotting blood, they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are important in healing injuries.
  • The UHealth lab will create a plasma containing a higher concentration of platelets, including growth factor proteins, than typically found in your blood.
  • The resulting PRP plasma, made up of your own platelets and proteins, is then injected into the site of the injury – typically the same day your blood is drawn.
  • Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process.

To make an appointment at any of our UHealth Sports Medicine locations, please call 305-243-3000 or use our online appointment request form.