Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another regenerative medicine procedure that utilizes the patient’s own platelets that are rich with growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties. Platelet-rich plasma contains nearly 3 to 4 times the concentration of platelets than any other fluid in the body.
PRP is harvested from the blood of the patient, separated, and then the PRP is injected into painful tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, or arthritic joints. The PRP helps to speed up the natural healing process and reduce the swelling almost immediately, providing pain relief during the healing process.
When PRP is injected into damaged tissues, it stimulates the healing cascade and speeds up the process. The platelets secrete stimulants that increase collagen production, promote stem cell proliferation to create new, healthy, specialized cells. The growth factors in PRP stimulate blood flow to help all the tissues reach their potential and become more resilient to future insult or injury. PRP helps to repair tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.