In the last decade PRP has become an increasingly popular topic in the field of Sports Medicine, as professional athletes sought out PRP therapy to heal faster after soft tissue injuries. Superstar athletes of every sports choose PRP Therapy to harness the science of their own healing potential.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a blood plasma with concentrated platelets. In addition to clotting factors, platelets contain Growth Factors and Cytokines, both play a major role in the initiation and support of healing connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Growth Factors also increase blood supply to injured tissues and enhance the migration of stem cells to the site of injury thereby promoting tissue regeneration and faster healing.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP Therapy consists of concentrating platelets many times over the levels of baseline. This is done by a simple blood draw. The blood draw is placed in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Once the Platelet Rich Plasma is obtained, it can be activated either inside or outside the body. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Outside the body Platelet activation occurs when a substance like calcium chloride or thrombin is added to the PRP, turning it into a gelatin like substance that can be placed into the injured or surgically repaired area. Inside the body platelet activation occurs when PRP is injected into the injured area. In both scenarios, the majority of the platelet’s Growth Factors are released in the first ten minutes and continue to have beneficial effects for months after. Because this is the patient’s own blood, there is no concern about disease or rejection.
What kinds of conditions can PRP treat?
PRP Therapy has fantastic potential for treating musculoskeletal disorders like tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. It can also be a great savior in the early stages of degenerative arthritis.
Should I seek PRP treatment?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury that is not healing with traditional treatment, or you are in the early stages of Osteoarthritis, PRP Therapy may be your solution.
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