PRP, short platelet rich plasma, is one of the most preferred treatments for soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries. Many world class athletes have been treated with this procedure. Additionally, PRP has cosmetic significance in skin and hair rejuvenation. PRP is effective because it contains healing factors, growth factors and many other proteins isolated from a patient’s own blood which act as tissue repair facilitators. During this procedure a small volume of the patients’ blood is drawn in a small container and then separated with a centrifuge. The top component is called platelet rich plasma.
PRP helps in recovery of damaged tendons, ligaments, some mild forms of arthritic conditions and fractures. Many studies support the use of PRP in musculoskeletal injuries and cosmetic practices and the associated results are promising.