Platelet-Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Concentrate Therapies
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP is a medical treatment where platelet-rich plasma is injected into injured tissue or a surgical site to promote healing. Research has found that platelets contain chemicals and proteins collectively called growth factors, which are involved in wound healing. A concentration of platelets and corresponding growth factors can be created by processing one’s blood plasma. PRP is currently being used to treat arthritis and injuries to tendons and ligaments.
The technology behind PRP has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care. Its use for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries is an evolving field of medicine with studies showing promising results.
Because the treatment utilizes your blood, it is generally thought to be safe. Risks are similar to any injection you might receive, such as bruising, bleeding, and stiffness. Some scarring within the tissue could occur, and your physician will discuss this with you.
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Therapy
BMC is a procedure where bone marrow is removed from your hip with a needle. The fluid that’s removed contains a protein called IREP that helps with inflammation and can be used alongside PRP to promote healing. Please discuss BMC with your physician as some are not candidates for its use.