Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The root of many painful conditions is inflammation.  This includes acute ligament / tendon injuries and osteoarthritis.  For healing and recovery to occur, the inflammation has to be controlled.  Conventional therapy includes anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, and surgery.

A novel therapy has been developed using the body’s own platelets.  Platelets are vital in blood clotting, but also are important in controlling inflammation.  Platelets signal the body’s white blood cells to come and remove debris.  They also release growth factors to aid in tissue regeneration and stimulate new blood vessel growth.  Studies have been done that show injecting platelets into a joint improve pain and function.

Platelets are obtained from the patient’s blood.  The procedure involves a half day hospital stay.  Blood is drawn and processed.  The Canine Center uses a closed system kit, which minimizes the risk of contamination and infection.  Prior to the injection, the joint is primed with laser therapy to improve uptake of the plasma.  The patient then has a short twighlight procedure to inject the joint(s).  Any remaining plasma is then stored for 6 months, should additional injections be needed.

The most common indications for PRP include:

  • Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Meniscal Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma