What is platelet-rich plasma?
Contained within your own blood are platelets which are integral to the body’s healing process. When trauma or disorder of the body’s soft tissue is experienced, these platelets secrete growth factors that promote stem cell attraction, regulate cell growth and regeneration to the affected site.
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is the concentrated remains of a blood draw after it is treated in a centrifuge, which separates platelets and plasma from a patients red blood cells.
How does PRP therapy work?
This concentrated PRP mixture can be injected back into the body to induce expedited healing naturally. The effect of PRP therapy is giving the platelets that already exist in your body an added boost, thus prompting recovery to heal itself more quickly, often within weeks.
What is the major benefit of PRP therapy?
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Shoulder Conditions
- Elbow Conditions
- Wrist and Hand Conditions
- Spine Conditions
- Hip Conditions
- Knee Conditions
- Foot and Ankle Conditions
With less pain, patients are less likely to undergo more invasive and aggressive treatment, such as surgery. Another major advantage of PRP therapy is that there is little to no downtime for recovering patients. A typical repair process takes two to three months, but improvement and reduction of pain is usually noticed far before that time.