Booster Shot—New Injection Therapy Coaxes the Body to Heal Itself

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is an emerging nonsurgical procedure—now available at Gwinnett Medical Center—that has shown to harness the body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP is used to treat wounds, tendons, ligaments and osteoarthritis and has the potential to revolutionize sports medicine and all aspects of orthopedic surgery.

The PRP treatment consists of injecting the platelets from a patient’s own blood directly into an injured area, which stimulates the body’s instincts to repair damaged tissue. Platelet-rich plasma is captured by using a centrifuge that rotates at high speed and isolates the platelets from the other parts of the blood. These platelets release proteins and other particles involved in the body’s self-healing process. Finally, a teaspoon or two of the extracted substance is injected into the damaged area, with the help of ultrasound guidance.

The entire PRP injection therapy takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets up to 500 percent.

Read more about platelet-rich plasma injections.