PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

 
 

Platelets are the essential part of your blood and are responsible for prevention of bleeding and blood clotting. PRP consists of a concentrated amount of platelets that contain many growth factors. When concentrated and injected in an affected area, PRP can enhance healing at the site of the disease or injury. When blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, the plasma and concentrated platelets are removed from the separated blood product. Growth factors secreted from α-particles by the activation of platelets include vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), and epidermal growth factor (EGF).

PRP therapy can help with orthopedic diseases such as osteoarthritis of many joints, tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, ACL tears, plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, ankle sprains, ligament injuries, skin rejuvenation, alopecia, and many other conditions. Depending on the condition being treated, a certain amount of blood will be drawn using the same technique as a blood draw. Your blood will then be spun down in a centrifuge and PRP is then collected for injection into affected area.

 
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References:

Lee, J. W., Kwon, O. H., Kim, T. K., Cho, Y. K., Choi, K. Y., Chung, H. Y., … Shin, J. H. (2013). Platelet-Rich Plasma: Quantitative Assessment of Growth Factor Levels and Comparative Analysis of Activated and Inactivated Groups. Archives of Plastic Surgery, 40(5), 530–535.

John J. Wilson, M. (2018). Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections. [online] Arthritis-health. Available at: https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/injections/efficacy-platelet-rich-plasma-injections [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].