The Bone Blog by Dr. Jacqueline Smith Auguste, orthopaedic surgeon
Downsview Orthopaedic and Arthritis Centre
806 Wilson Avenue
North York (Downsview), Toronto, Ontario
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections have been found to relieve pain in patients with tendonitis and joint pain. Platelet Rich Plasma is made from a portion of the patient's own blood.The activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells.

Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. PRP was used as early as the 1990s in maxillo-facial and plastic surgery.

PRP injections are prepared from one to a few tubes of the patient's own blood with strict aseptic technique. After being centrifuged, or "spun down", the activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells.

Several clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections can improve function and decrease pain in the elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis. The side effects of PRP injections are rare as it uses the patient's own blood products. Rest followed by gentle stretching is all that is required after PRP injections. Other injections we use in our clinic for tendon and joint symptoms include cortisone and hyaluronic acid (Monovisc, Synvisc, Orthovisc).
Source: Source: huffingtonpost.com, and arthrex.com.

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