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Los Angeles Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy refers to an injection of a patient’s own highly concentrated platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve acute injuries and chronic injuries.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that can be injected into injury sites to encourage the body’s natural healing process. Plasma is one of the main components of your blood, along with platelets, and red and white blood cells. Once separated and extracted from the sample, PRP contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. These growth factors help blood to clot and encourage cell growth and regeneration.


PRP injections are prepared by drawing your own blood from your arm and processing it through a high speed centrifuge to separate the smaller and lighter platelets from the remaining heavier red blood cells. These highly concentrated and activated platelets are then injected directly into or around the affected body tissue. The platelets help release growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces at the site of injury.

PRP has been found to enhance the healing process and may be helpful for certain conditions.  These include shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff strain or tears, achilles tendon strains, and other soft-tissue injuries. PRP has also been demonstrated to improve function and reduce pain in people who have tendonitis or chronic tendinosis conditions such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) or plantar fasciitis.

Some key advantages of PRP include reducing the need for oral anti-inflammatory medication and limited side effects compared to other injections like corticosteroids.

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