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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a biological therapy that uses the patient's own blood to promote healing and tissue regeneration in osteoarticular injuries. PRP is obtained by taking blood from the patient and then processing it to concentrate platelets, which contain growth factors and proteins that are important for the tissue repair process.


PRP has gained popularity as a treatment for various osteoarticular injuries, including:


  • Soft tissue injuries: It can be used for the treatment of tendinitis, tendinosis, muscle and ligament injuries.

  • Articular Cartilage Lesions: Used in cases of focal articular cartilage lesions, such as chondral and osteochondral lesions.

  • Osteoarthritis: In some cases, PRP has been applied for the treatment of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease.


The PRP application procedure generally follows these steps:


  1. Blood Draw: A sample of blood is drawn from the patient, similar to a routine blood test.

  2. Centrifugation: The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the blood components. This results in the concentration of platelets in the plasma. This process is performed in the same office and appropriate sterility measures are taken to perform the procedure. 

  3. PRP injection: Once the PRP is obtained, it is injected directly into the area of the osteoarticular injury.


Mechanism of action:

PRP contains growth factors and proteins that can stimulate cell proliferation, promote the formation of new blood vessels, and improve tissue repair. It is believed that this therapy can accelerate the healing and regeneration process of damaged tissues.


Results and Considerations:

The results of PRP therapy may vary depending on the type and severity of the osteoarticular injury, as well as the patient's individual response. Some patients may experience significant improvement in function and pain relief, while others may not obtain the same level of benefit.

It is important to note that PRP is a treatment that is constantly being researched, and while encouraging results have been reported, its effectiveness may still be debated in certain cases and conditions.

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