Injection of Plasma rich in platelets is another Orthobiologics Medicine technique but with this technique you actually inject plasma obtained from peripheral blood and not from the bone marrow. The characteristic of this plasma rich in platelets is that it contains natural stimulating and nutritive factor that basically stimulate the stem cells that exist in the tissues we inject it into. This modality works well in tendon and ligament tears where there is no retraction of the ends of the torn tendon or ligament. It also works well for muscle tears and in arthritic joints.
Some recipients of this plasma therapy therapy are Kobe Bryant, Bartolo Colon and Tiger Woods to name a few. The response to this treatment varies. Most patients require two PRP treatments and some patients require more. For severe problems, additional PRP injections may be necessary. Some people experience immediate improvement, but most of the time it takes approximately six weeks to respond to platelet rich plasma treatment.
Emcyte Corporation and Xcel Medica has recently come out with a top of the line system to use for this procedure.