Platlet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is referred to as Autologous (using a patient’s own blood) is achieved through a process of extracting out ones own blood where a higher level of patelets are concentrated. Blood is mostly comprised of liquid substance called Plasma, along with Red blood cells and White blood cells and Platelets. Platelets are commonly associated with blood clotting, but also contain numerous bioactive proteins called “growth factors”, which are extremely important in the healing process of injuries, regeneration of cells and repair of tissues.
PRP is plasma with a higher concentration (5-10 times greater) of platelets that what is seen in blood, and have immense sophistication to quicken the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. They consist of alpha-granules that contain a variety of coagulation and growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, adhesion proteins needed to repair tissue, and dense granules with ADP, calcium and serotonin, which are necessary for platelet aggregation. By activating these platelets, PRP releases a cascade of natural healing processes known as PRP therapy that can be concentrated on target areas to foster healing specific to those areas.
Conditions treated with PRP therapy include:
- Chronic Tendon injuries
- Acute Ligament and Muscle injuries
- Post surgical tissue repair
- Arthritis of joints
- Bone fracutres
- Skin and collagen regeneration
- Hair growth
- Chronic wounds