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Student Research Guide: Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: Home

Intro to Platelet-Rich Plasma

My research guide is based on Platelet-rich plasma ( PRP ) therapy to help cure Torn ligaments. I have picked this specific topic because i personally am currently going through it . I want to find out things such as the long terms affects, short term affects, and the effectiveness of the injection and also how long it last. I also want to dive into the cost and the procedure itself. And how the results can be based off of how bad the injury was. For me it was a partial tear of the UCL and it can heal after two injections but I want to find out if it had been more torn what would the results be. 

Demonstration of the process for the procedure

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Ultrasound Guided for Tennis Elbow - YouTube Accessed 7 Nov. 2019.

I chose this video because it is a prime example of the process that goes on during the PRP procedure. This video answers one of my research questions which is " what do the doctors do to the blood that makes your ligament heal faster?". This video is a relible source, the publisher is the doctor in the video and has his own YouTube channel where he shares different procedures that he does to help people get a better understanding for what PRP really is. 


Top researching words to use

This can be a bulleted list of keywords and phrases that you recommend others use to research the topic.

My key words consist of : 

  • Platelet 
  • Plasma 
  • PRP 
  • UCL
  • Therapy
  • Treatments 
  • Injection 
  • Surgery
  • Procedure
  • Platelet-rich plasma


Searches and Databases that were helpful to me

("prp therapy" OR "platelet rich plasma") AND (UCL OR "ulnar collateral ligament")

Library database researchers I used are the "Nursing reference center" This had many valuable medical information that was very helpful and I highly recommend when doing research on things in the medical field.

Top sources for an introduction to PRP

"Bleeding and blood clotting." Britannica Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica, 18 Dec. 2009. Accessed 3 Oct. 2019.

 “Blood-clotting proteins circulate in the blood plasma in an inactive form, poised to participate in blood coagulation upon tissue injury”

"Describe the various constituents of the blood and explain their functions." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, edited by Helicon, 2018.Credo Reference, Accessed 10 Oct. 2019. 

This is part of the procedure and the after effects. The plasma is very thick kinda like a blood clot when they inject it. That is why after the shot it looks like a gumball in my arm after the injection. The swelling eventually goes away but it is part of it and the blood starts to do its thing. 

“Platelet-Rich Plasma.” Wikipedia, 4 Oct. 2019,

This source provides the basics of what PRP is about. The medical use, the side effects, and the process that the doctors do to the blood to get it ready for the procedure. 

Davis, Tiffany. “Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: A Promising Option.” The Hughston Clinic, 1 July 2019,

I like this source a lot because it dives into the  medical  information itself a little more. How the blood works and  what it can do . It also goes through what Plasma is and rich-plasma, and also red blood cells. And the effectiveness of the shot on the severity of injury. 

Deal, J Banks et al. “Platelet-Rich Plasma for Primary Treatment of Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tears: MRI Correlation With Results.” Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine vol. 5,11 2325967117738238. 13 Nov. 2017, doi:10.1177/2325967117738238

This website is more specific about the injury I am talking about. Partial UCL tears, how the ligament works and how the PRP is used to heal it and the recovery. 


“PRP: Cost, Side Effects, and Recovery.” Healthline Accessed 7 Nov. 2019.

Describes the cost of PRP. The procedure is unfortunately not covered by insurance so it is paid out of pocket. The injection is around $700. The side effects, which are typically just soreness which is normal ad it last around 2 weeks. And the recovery which is around 6 weeks of waiting until you are cleared by your doctor to start doing your activities again. 

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