PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood or bone marrow. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells. The concentration of platelets and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater than  in whole blood. This concentrated portion of the blood or bone marrow is referred to as platelet-rich plasma (PRP).  Platelet rich plasma can enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and reduce inflammation in arthritic joints and tendons. 

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The Process

To develop a PRP preparation, blood is first taken from you. This sample then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire PRP production process is usually done in 15-30 minutes.The PRP is then injected into the joint or tendon. 

What can PRP be used for?
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PRP treatment can help reduce pain in patients who suffer from a range of orthopaedic conditions such as muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries, joint pain, arthritis and fractures. PRP treatment may also promote healing in surgical patients. In patients with arthritis, PRP has been shown to stimulate new cartilage formation and activate mesenchymal stem cells (1). Research has also demonstrated that PRP has been shown to reduce pain in osteoarthritis by acting as an anti-inflammatory and modifying the OA disease process.(2)

(1)Kabiri, A., Esfandiari, E., Esmaeili, A., Hashemibeni, B., Pourazar, A., and Mardani, M. Platelet-rich plasma application in chondrogenesis. Adv Biomed Res. 2014; 3: 138–142

(2)Sundman, E.A., Cole, B.J., Karas, V. et al. The anti-inflammatory and matrix restorative mechanisms of platelet-rich plasma in osteoarthritis. Am J Sports Med. 2014; 42: 35–41

PRP for Sports and Soft Tissue Injuries

In knee osteoarthritis, PRPnjections aim to stimulate cartilage repair and offer relief to other osteoarthritic symptoms, potentially delaying the need for joint replacement surgery. PRP injections have shown to influence the entire joint environment, leading to improvement in symptoms.

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PRP for osteoarthritis

In knee osteoarthritis, PRPnjections aim to stimulate cartilage repair and offer relief to other osteoarthritic symptoms, potentially delaying the need for joint replacement surgery. PRP injections have shown to influence the entire joint environment, leading to improvement in symptoms.

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