Restorative Medical Center
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
What is PRP?
This technique is actually not as new as you might have thought, and has in fact been around for years. One might even say it is scientifically ancient, having been used clinically on humans since the 1970s.
The basis of its effect are in the innate healing properties of platelets, mostly attributed to autologous growth factors and secretory proteins that may enhance the healing process on a cellular level. Furthermore, PRP enhances the recruitment, proliferation, and differentiation of cells involved in tissue regeneration. Its application ranges from implant dentistry and orthopedics, and now also to aesthetic dermatology.
How can PRP Repair Joints?
PRP contain leukocytes that are key to tissue growth. It also contains stem cells that are concentrated which allows for cell division and is able to attract additional stem cells to the repair site. Regeneration occurs within the tissues and fibrils ensues. Growth and repair continues for up to one month after injection. The result is new, healthy tissues that is permanent. Torn tendons, muscles and ligaments plague athletes in many types of sports. In attempts to help heal the wounded tissue, some athletes, both amateur and professional, have turned to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Much of the publicity PRP therapy has received has been about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains.
Is it safe?
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.