PLATELET RICH PLASMA
Platelets are naturally occurring cells that play a role in blood clotting and healing. Inside of platelets are a host of compounds that calm inflammation and promote healing, including various growth factors and immune modulating cytokines. Platelets initiate repair to an area of injury, thus playing a pivotal role in wound healing.
PRP therapy involves drawing the patient’s blood and processing it right in the office to produce a concentrate of platelets, which are then “activated” to release the growth and healing compounds.
Injecting PRP into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulates the natural repair process. On average, patients can expect to see improvements in 4 to 6 weeks. A series of 2 to 6 injections are typically required, depending on the area and extent of injury or inflammation.
PRP therapy can be used for many conditions including:
Sprains and strains
Improved recovery time
Improved collagen remodeling
For more information on PRP therapy follow these educational links:
PRP for Arthritis
PRP for Tendonitis