Category Archives: PRP

How do PRP injections work?

We have posted journals in the past that support the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to help heal many orthopedic injuries, but we have not discussed how PRP injections work. Platelets circulate in the blood and play an important role in hemostasis (controlling bleeding) and wound healing. When there is injury, platelets flock […]

Steroid vs hyaluronic acid (gel) vs PRP injections for treatment of knee arthritis

For patients with knee arthritis that are not ready for joint replacement, what is the right treatment? Studies have shown that corticosteroid injections are a good treatment for acute flare-ups, giving short term symptomatic relief. Corticosteroids work as an anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive agent, and can lead to increased hyaluronic acid concentration in the joint. They found […]

The use of PRP may reduce the failure rate of rotator cuff surgery?

Because rotator cuff tears have a fairly high failure rate (most studies suggesting a 20% failure rate) due to impaired biological healing at the repair site, surgeons are looking for ways to improve the environment at the repair site. PRP has been shown to create inflammation, the first phase of healing,  at the site of injury and is believed […]