PRP is particularly effective in stimulating the healing of soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. These tissues usually heal very slowly because of limited natural blood supply. In fact, after a sports injury, tendon or ligament healing can begin but then stall.
PRP therapy gets around this natural limitation by dramatically increasing blood platelets at the injury site. PRP therapy can treat most soft-tissue sports injuries, with common examples including:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Rotator cuff partial tears
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinosis)
- Achilles tendinosis and tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hip or gluteal tendons of the greater trochanter
- Groin or abductor tendons
- Hamstrings tendons of the ischial tuberosity
- Peripheral knee meniscal tears
- Labral hip tears
- Labral shoulder tears
PRP can also treat degenerative conditions, like degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis within small and medium (non-weight-bearing) joints. In some cases, like back pain after surgery, PRP injections into the facet joints or sacroiliac joints can significantly ease your pain and prevent the need for another surgery.
In the world of cosmetic surgery (aesthetics), PRP microneedling facials and hair restoration are very successful and popular treatments today.