HOW DOES PRP WORK
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bio-active proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bio-active proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and automatically produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.
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Prolotherapy is a treatment for acute or chronic musculoskeletal injury or pain. This is an exciting and new cutting edge therapy that can Stimulate tissue repair, and regenerate weakened torn or damaged ligaments, ligaments and joints. PRP is derived from your own blood. After filtering out the rest of the cells and plasma, a small amount of platelets remain. This highly concentrated amount of platelets — from 3 to 10 times that of normal blood— can be injected into the damaged areas and catalyze the growth of new soft-tissue.
DOES PRP HAVE ANY POTENTIAL RISK?
The side effects of the procedure are relatively rare. They include a very low risk of infection when a needle is inserted into the skin. The injection site may also bleed or bruise after the procedure. Patients who suffer from bleeding disorders or who take a “blood thinners” that inhibits blood clotting should avoid platelet-rich plasma therapy, if these blood thinners cannot be held prior to the injection. While any knee, elbow, or shoulder pain should eventually subside, some patients experience increased inflammation and pain after the injection.