Platelet Rich Plasma ( PRP ) Therapy and Treatment
Plasma concentrates are a way to help the body finish the healing process and strengthen the weakened tissue. The use of PRP, a portion of the patient’s own blood having a platelet concentration above baseline, to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
What is plasma and what are platelets? How Platelet Rich Plasma ( PRP ) therapy works?
Your blood is not all cells but is predominantly made of a plasma, the liquid portion of whole blood, in which your red and white blood cells are suspended. Also floating in the plasma are cells called platelets, also called thrombocytes, and their role is to clot the blood to stop a bleeder. In addition, platelets have proteins called growth factors that would be responsible for the healing and regenerating powers after damage to a blood vessel wall. Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses injections that contain a high concentration of platelets, which can be from 5 to 10 times more than the untreated blood to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems. Growth factors are the key to the decreased healing time and dramatic pain relief of PRP therapy that has proven successful in a variety of conditions as a stand-alone line of treatment or in conjunction with Stromal vascular fraction therapy or Mesenchymal cell therapy. Even when surgery could not be avoided in certain cases, the use of PRP therapy in conjunction has an added benefit to a speedy recovery due to its healing and anti-inflammatory effects.