Can PRP Injections be an Alternative to Surgery?

January 25, 2017 RBC Staff ,

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) may be an option to avoid surgery for injuries.  While other treatments like cortisone may provide short term relief, PRP promotes long term healing.


Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections can provide a non-surgical treatment option.  Research has shown that it improves the healing of injuries to damaged muscle or tendons.  Platelet rich plasma is the portion of the separated blood that has a concentration of 5-10x the concentration of growth factors that play the integral role of healing.


Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): Regulates cell growth and division.

Transforming Growth Factor Beta(TGF-b): Responsible for overall cell proliferation, differentiation, and other functions.

Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF): Plays a vital role in the wound healing process and embryonic development. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor: Responsible for vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. Restores oxygen supply in cells when inadequate. It also helps create new blood vessels after injury.

Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF): Found in the epithelialization-phase of wound healing

Connective Tissue Growth Factor: Major functions in cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, angiogenesis, skeletal development, and tissue wound repair.


PRP can be carefully injected into the specific area of injury.  Treatment can improve the injury as quickly as one treatment or can be repeated.  PRP injections can be used for treating areas throughout the body from the shoulders to the toes.


Platelet rich plasma has been used to treat professional athletes in the NFL and Olympics.  Tiger Woods and football player Hines Ward have had PRP therapy for injuries.


Platelet rich plasma uses your own growth factors that can improve healing 800%.  Treatment studies have shown that people have returned to activity and athletics faster without surgery.  Platelet rich plasma is less expensive and less invasive that surgery.   Platelet rich plasma can help alleviate ongoing degeneration and stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.   PRP injections can be performed in your physician’s office.  The process from the beginning to the end is approximately 45 minutes.  PRP treatment is frequently used to treat ACL injuries, ligament sprains, tennis elbow, meniscus tears and many more.

Platelet rich plasma injections are not recommended by individuals with bleeding disorders, have cancer or currently taking anti-coagulation medications.


RBC Staff