Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a cutting edge procedure in Regenerative Medicine that is utilizing the body’s own natural abilities to heal injured soft tissue. Researchers and physicians recognized for decades the healing power of growth factor and other powerful proteins located in patient’s blood plasma and platelets.
Now we are able to harness the healing power for the treatment of orthopedic injuries.
The process is surprisingly simple. Blood is drawn from the patient and processed in an FDA approved medical device to separate the healing power of platelets from blood plasma.The doctor then takes the concentrated healing platelets of the patient’s own blood and reintroduces it or “grafts” it into a specific injured site to regenerate tissue and speed the healing process. The grafting is done with precise accuracy under Ultrasound guided imaging and the entire process takes under 1 hour.
The research shows PRP can deliver 500% more growth factor and bio active proteins to the injured area then would occur there naturally, thus reducing healing time and returning patients back to their active lifestyles much faster then traditional non-surgical orthopedic treatments. Most patients require 1 to 3 injections over a 2 to 4 week interval and are encouraged to participate in post-procedural rehabilitation.
PRP is commonly used in conjunction with stem cell therapy. It is believed that PRP enhances or “jump starts” the stem cell healing process by providing essential proteins and nutrients to the reparative process.
The common metaphor is:
Stem cells are the lawn seed and PRP is the fertilizer and water – both are essential for a successful outcome.
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