What is Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a type of treatment that uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. The platelets are then injected into the area of injury or concern. The platelets contain numerous growth factors that are released upon injection, stimulating the surrounding tissue to regenerate and heal.
PRP is commonly used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, such as tendonitis, arthritis, and ligament sprains, as well as for cosmetic procedures like facial rejuvenation and hair restoration.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treats
Thinning Hair & Hair Loss
Deep Wrinkles & Dark Rings
Fine Wrinkles, Skin, and Hands
Acne Scars & Stretch Marks
Skin Rejuvenation and Hydration
Frequently Asked Questions
You decided on PRP, but what’s inside of a PRP shot?
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that’s mostly made of water and protein. It lets red and white blood cells and platelets move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a type of blood cell that makes your blood clot. They also play a role in healing.
Doctors may use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin. To collect plasma, a doctor draws blood from your body and uses a machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. Then the doctor numbs the area of your body being treated with PRP injections. Once you’re numb, the doctor uses a needle to inject your plasma into the area of your body being treated.
PRP Therapy is a Non-Invasive Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma injections are increasingly being used as a non-surgical alternative for orthopedic conditions, injuries, and chronic pain management, including:
Chronic lower back pain
Injuries to ligaments and muscles
Acute, chronic tendon issues
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
Chronic, acute neck pain
Rotator cuff tears
These conditions typically are treated with medications, physical therapy, or surgery. Many top athletes have credited platelet-rich plasma injections for their faster healing times following injuries that could have previously cost them the season or their careers.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Are Not New
Platelet-rich plasma has been used in the medical field for more than 20 years. Surgeons have used it to accelerate healing, enhance bone grafting, and reduce the risk of infection following surgery. Now the benefits are being extended to treat joint pain, disc issues, soft tissue injuries, degeneration, and arthritis.
Since platelet-rich plasma is derived from your own blood, any associated risks are non-existent. Tenderness at the injection sites seems to be the worst side effect, and it only lasts a couple of days.
PRP Healing occurs naturally, and not overnight
Regenerative medicine is innovative, not instantaneous. It promotes natural, long-term healing of injured tissue and joints. Your specialist customizes a treatment plan for you and helps you decide whether you’ll benefit more if platelet-rich plasma injections are used alone or combined with stem cell injections.
You may only require a single treatment, but in some cases, a series of injections may be necessary. You’ll need a follow-up appointment after a couple of weeks so your doctor can assess your progress and determine if you need further treatment.