Platelet rich plasma is super-physiologically concentrated platelets and growth factors that stimulate healing and regeneration of injured tissues, muscles, tendons or ligaments. It is derived from your own body and is 100% natural. These injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery because of the great results patients of all ages are obtaining. Whether you are an elite athlete or a “weekend warrior,” regenerative therapies, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) are effective and safe nonsurgical options to treat forms of acute and chronic pain.
PRP Therapy procedures can treat a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
Platelets contain numerous growth factors stored in alpha granules. There are more than 30 bioactive proteins contained in the alpha granules of platelets.
Platelet derived growth factors stimulate cell replication, promote blood vessel formation, promote new tissue formation and promote growth of extra-cellular matrix such as collagen.
PRP repairs cartilage and protects cartilage. It stimulates cells to form cartilage and prevent the breakdown of cartilage.
It has an anti-inflammatory effect. This protects the cartilage and reduces the pain.
PRP contains plasma proteins which can form a scaffold. This is important for tissue healing and repair.
It can help patients with chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease.
It is critical to use an appropriate centrifuge machine to have an appropriate count of platelets to promote healing. Platelet count of 1.500000–2,000,000/mL is considered optimal to promote tissue healing.
Systems that produce platelet concentration of less than 500,000 are no better than platelet poor plasma.
Success of the procedure can be influenced by the makeup of the PRP.
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