A recent addition to regenerative injection therapy is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which has gained in popularity due to its successful use with professional athletes. PRP involves the injection of your blood’s platelets into the damaged area.
How do your platelets aid in healing?
Platelets play a central role in blood clotting and wound healing. Tissue repair begins with clot formation and platelet degranulation, which releases the growth factors necessary for wound repair. Platelet-derived growth factors are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms. After platelets are activated at a wound site, proteins are released that directly and indirectly influence virtually all aspects of the wound healing process. Platelet concentration is directly involved in the healing of injuries.
What does Platelet Rich Plasma do?
PRP involves the application of concentrated platelets, which release a maximum quantity of growth factors to stimulate recovery in non-healing injuries. PRP causes a mass influx of growth factors, and these powerful growth factors naturally accelerate the regeneration of injured tissues. PRP enhances tissue healing and supports the remodeling of tissues, creating a stronger, healthier area.
What happens during a treatment?
The preparation for a PRP treatment involves collecting your own blood through a simple blood draw done during your visit. Next, we use a centrifuge to spin down your blood to separate out the platelet rich plasma (PRP). Then, we harvest the PRP and deliver precise injections of it into the injured areas. In other words, a PRP treatment is done just like any other prolotherapy treatment, except the solution used for injection is plasma enriched with growth factors from your own blood. PRP is typically used when the injury is more severe, or there is osteoarthritis present inside the joint.