According to the World Health Organization (WHO), musculoskeletal injuries are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability. Soft tissue injuries including tendon and ligament trauma accounts for 45% of all musculoskeletal injuries in the USA. For many years, our best option for treating musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains was to inject local (numbing) anesthetics and anti-inflammatory steroids into the affected area to reduce swelling and pain.
Over time, we have learned that although steroid injections can be helpful and effective, prolonged and repeated use may not be beneficial. Fortunately for our patients today, advances in science have allowed us to find new and targeted approaches to treating these kinds of injuries. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is an “autologous blood therapy” that uses a patient’s own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. PRP provides an alternative to surgery by promoting safe and natural healing.