PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, is a therapy that offers relief from painful tendon injures, such as Plantar Fasciitis or Achillies Tendonitis. For the treatment, doctors take a small vial of a patient’s blood, about 30 milliliters, and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. Then, they inject the concentrated platelets at the area of the patient’s pain and injury. Professional athletes such as Takashi Saito and Tiger Woods have received PRP injections for tendon injuries.
For many people, tendon injuries can become chronic, and involve microscopic tearing of the tendon and the formation of scar tissue. Often, it’s difficult to heal these tendon injuries due to to poor blood supply to the region. An example would be the Achilles tendon. It’s a tendon with an overall poor blood supply. When there are these microscopic tears or scarring, our body has a difficult time healing it. Our body often can’t – on its own – get enough of these healing or growth factors to the injured area. The concentrated platelets injected enhance the available nutrients and growth factors – promoting healing.