POINTS EAST WEST VETERINARY SERVICES
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialty Practice
Dr. David Lane, DVM, ACVSMR
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) involves collecting blood and concentrating the platelet fraction, which is high in growth factors and molecules that reduce inflammation. PRP can be used to facilitate healing of tendons, to increase the effectiveness of stem cell therapy, and to provide pain relief for arthritic joints.
PRP therapy is less complicated, less invasive and less expensive than stem cell therapy.
What’s more, it too has been shown to provide long term pain relief in arthritic joints (e.g. 9 months). For this reason, PRP might be the superior choice over stem cells for addressing arthritis pain – it may not last quite as long, but it is much easier and less expensive to collect.
PRP also works synergistically with stem cells to repair partially torn tendons.