Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Q&A

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

PRP is a formula that contains platelets and plasma from your blood. Plasma is mainly liquid and proteins. 

Platelets, or thrombocytes, help blood to clot in injuries. They also release growth factors, which have great healing powers. 

Injecting PRP into a slow-healing area kicks off a healing cascade there. This leads to tissue repair, pain relief, and return to normal function. 

What injuries can platelet-rich plasma treat?

PRP treats a variety of injuries, especially those involving the joints and soft tissues. Some examples include:

  • Cartilage injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon tears
  • Muscle tears
  • Post-traumatic arthritis following an injury

PRP has been shown to improve function and relieve pain in these and other injuries. Using PRP as part of an overall recovery plan provides the best results. 

I have chronic pain. Is PRP therapy right for me?

PRP therapy is often a great fit for chronic pain. Many people who have conditions like knee osteoarthritis suffer from daily pain and mobility issues due to their disease. They’re often told that joint replacement is the only option. 

With the latest scientific advances, however, like using PRP to help restore your knee cartilage naturally, you don’t have to resort to surgery. PRP or other restorative treatments can help you rebuild your joints naturally.

How does the PRP healing process work?

PRP works in three phases, including:


Inflammation essentially means irritating your tissues, which prompts your body to start its healing response. 


Alongside your body’s natural healing response, the growth factors within the PRP recruit other types of cells (those used in alternative therapies) to start creating new tissue and repairing damaged areas.


Major repair takes place in the remodeling phase. The body reorganizes and strengthens the tissue created during the proliferation phase. This stage can continue for months until the tissue reaches optimal healing.

What treatments work well with PRP?

PRP or alternative injections combine well with other healing-focused treatments. At NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward, the team takes a functional medicine approach, focusing on your whole-body wellness. 

Restorative medicine injections tackle the problem from inside your body, and other treatments are geared for pain relief, recovery, and healing. Some of the innovative treatment options include:

  • Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) 
  • Cryotherapy
  • Vibration therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward crafts a well-rounded recovery plan around your PRP therapy. Call the office or click the online scheduler to arrange a consultation now.