What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma or “PRP” is concentrated from your own blood which contains healing factors, such as white blood cells and bioactive proteins, called growth factors and stem cell markers. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair. Platelets, once thought of being responsible for only clotting, have been scientifically proven to be a reservoir of these vital healing components. With advanced techniques, we are able to concentrate these regenerative healing cells in a simple outpatient setting.
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and placed into a FDA medically approved container. This sterile disposable container is placed in a specialized centrifuge, for spinning, to separate the whole blood into “layers” of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and red blood cells. The PRP is aspirated/separated from the red blood cells and is injected, under sterile conditions, into the localized area of abnormality.
PRP signals for stem cells and regenerative cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased strength, and improves overall function. The healing process, known as the “healing cascade”, can be active and take place over a 4-6 week period.
PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so there is little to no risk when conducted by a trained professional. There is no risk for an allergic or immune reaction.