What is Platelet‐Rich Plasma (PRP)?

What is Platelet‐Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Here at Illinois Pain Institute we offer multiple minimally invasive procedures, but one in particular is unfamiliar to many patients. Platelet‐Rich Plasma treatment, also known as PRP, is growing in popularity among many famous athletes such as Matt Forte, Derrick Rose, Maria Sharapova, Brian Urlacher, and Kobe Bryant, just to name a few.

What is PRP and why are so many athletes turning to this procedure to alleviate their pain? It’s simple, really. PRP is the process of injecting your own platelets into pain related areas. Platelets are found in your blood and are abundant with growth factors, which may help aid in the healing process. Doctors draw blood from the patient and use centrifugation to separate the platelets from the red and white blood cells. What is left is a high concentration of platelets with growth factors, which the doctor then injects into the area of pain. The growth factors are assumed to enhance the healing process. Many athletes use PRP injections to reduce the timeframe of healing, and return back to the game quicker and in less pain. Sports are not only a career for these athletes, sports are their life. They know the importance of alleviating pain, so it’s no question why they turn to PRP.

Don’t forget to give Illinois Pain Institute a call to schedule your PRP treatment. Be sure to call us today at 1‐(800)‐340‐PAIN or schedule an appointment!

The following is a list of the athletes mentioned above and the injury they received PRP for.
Matt Forte ‐ sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL)
Derrick Rose ‐ torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ‐ received injection at the time of surgery
Maria Sharapova ‐ shoulder injury ‐ two tears in rotator cuff
Brian Urlacher ‐ strained right hamstring
Kobe Bryant ‐ knee injury

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