Providers are not only using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in our aesthetics and sexual heath applications, they are using the regenerative power of PRP for pain management and orthopedic treatments.
PRP is a concentrated injection that is made by collecting your own blood and spinning it through a centrifuge in order to separate the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets into separate layers. The Platelet-Rich Plasma layer is the yellow layer that forms on top.
Platelets are responsible for the MOST important phase of healing – the Inflammatory Phase. Inside of each platelet are many tiny granules. Contained within these granules are all of the important signaling compounds and molecules that help direct the body in how to go about healing.
These signaling compounds are called Growth Factors and platelets contain lots of these cell-signaling molecules, these may also be referred to as Cytokines.One thing that all of these Growth Factors have in common is that they recruit and activate Stem Cells to the site of injury or damage.
Inflammation is the body’s first defense against injury, and it is the body’s first step in trying to repair whatever is torn, disrupted or damaged.
Patients oftentimes are directed to take NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Naprosyn and so on) because they want to alleviate the PAIN. By stunting the Inflammatory phase of healing, patients are actually delaying their recovery and impairing their body’s attempt to heal itself.
Scientists studying Platelet function and healing soon realized that instead of stunting this process, we should instead HELP it as much as possible. We do this by obtaining a concentrated amount of Platelets as described above, and injecting them into the site of injury. Everyone from the professional athlete to your aging grandmother benefits from having an improved healing response, quicker recovery, and fewer healing complications.
There are instances where patients who are suffering from a chronic injury are experiencing ongoing inflammation. In other words, for one reason or another their body has not been able to heal itself. PRP has also shown efficacy in these situations, as a sort of “Kick-Start” to a better healing process.