Partial Rotator Cuff Tears are one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain. Surgery can improve patient outcomes but can also result in stiffness, other tendon injuries, and a long recovery time. There are numerous studies about how using a patient’s own blood and its by-products can heal the tendon and decrease pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a blood by-product has a lot of platelets that, when triggered, have many healing properties. Researchers Vetrivel Chezian Sengodan, Sajith Kurian, and Raghypathy Ramazamy in their study “Treatment of Partial Rotator Cuff Tear with Ultrasound-guided Platelet-rich Plasma” concluded that ultrasound-guided PRP injection for partial rotator cuff tears is an effective procedure that leads to significant decrease in pain, improvement in shoulder functions, more cost-effective, and less problematic compared to surgical treatment.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells. This concentrated portion of the blood is often referred to as “PRP”.

How does the process work?

Your health care provider will collect a small portion of your blood. The blood will then go through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The plasma is then injected into your shoulder or area of pain. The entire PRP production is done in less than 30 minutes.

What are the risks?

Side effects are very uncommon since platelet therapy uses your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury.

How can I learn more?

Dr. Deutsch is an expert Orthopedic Shoulder surgeon in Houston, Texas who is studying how PRP injections heal partial rotator cuff tears. Please contact our office at (713)486-4904 to schedule an appointment and learn if PRP is right for you!

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