Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) sometimes referred to as Autologous (using patient’s own blood) is exactly that, a gel harvested from someone’s blood whereby a high number of platelets are concentrated. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets are known to aid in the healing process of all wounds and therefore the regeneration of cells. New data show that platelets release large doses of bioactive proteins, known as growth factors responsible for attracting macrophages, mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts which promote the removal of necrotic tissue and enhance tissue regeneration and repair.

PRP was first widely used in the dental community to aid in the healing process of implants, jaw reconstruction and even gum tissue regeneration. Studies have proven PRP to be effective in several medical specialties including; sports medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and cosmetic surgery.

Collagen repair is normally separated into 3 distinct phases; inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. During the inflammation stage which is approximately 3 days the growth factors are released. During the proliferation stage fibroblasts attack the area requiring healing; this can last several weeks during which time neovascularization (development of new blood vessels) occurs. The final stage of the growth or healing process is known as remodeling during which the newly created collagen strengthens. This stage is ongoing and can last over a year.

PRP can be used in most individuals between 18 and 80 years old however if you have the following conditions you should probably not consider this protocol.

  • Abnormal Platelet Function (blood disorder)
  • Cancer and/or Chemotherapy
  • Chronic or Acute infections
  • Fever
  • Sepsis
  • Severe metabolic and/or system disorder
  • Skin disease
  • Anti coagulation therapies
  • Chronic Liver problems
  • Recent use of Corticosteroids

As we are using your own tissue (Autologous) virtually eliminates the potential problems with allergies or rejection. Utilize your own stem cells for regenerative therapy. Trials and empirical data have shown that platelets can increase the production of collagen and Elastin.

Other reasons to consider PRP and its benefits are:

  • Minimal down time
  • Very few contraindications
  • Greatly reduced risk
  • Short recovery time
  • No implant, natural looking results
  • Longer lasting results
  • Accelerate and enhance the healing process
  • Reduced trauma and inflammation
  • Cost effective treatment

PRP for Tendons