Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine therapy that promotes tissue healing through one’s own natural growth factors.
PRP has several applications including:
- Pain management in osteoarthritis
- Tendon & ligament injuries including rotator cuff injuries and ankle sprains
- Trigger point injections / myofascial release
- Treatment of tendonitis including tennis elbow, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, insertional tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis
- Aesthetic Medicine and Dermatology
- Hair loss treatment
- Facial rejuvenation / Vampire facelift
- Treatment of scars / acne marks
Human blood is made up of plasma which carries red blood cells, white (immune) cells, platelets, nutrients, hormones and growth and repair factors (cytokines)..
- Platelets are key factors in hard and soft tissue repair mechanisms. They provide essential growth factors which are involved in stem cell migration, differentiation and proliferation.
- Plasma contains many factors essential for cell survival including nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes, growth factors (such as IGF and HGF), and proteins
PRP involves separating red cells which can be pro-inflammatory from plasma, platelets, growth factors and cytokines which aid in tissue repair. The PRP can then be injected into the body where it can act to repair damaged tissue.