It’s a common occurrence. Days before a big rivalry game, one of the star players “pulls” or “strains” a muscle and he is out. The big question is…for how long? Somsde proponents may say that with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, he will be back for that big game.
So what is PRP therapy? And how does it work? First, the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, which will separate the platelets from the other parts of the blood. The platelets are then re-injected into the affected tissue to regenerate and proliferate helpful reparative cells. Platelets contain various growth factors, including PDGF. Specifically, PDGF initiates all wound healing.
There are two principal benefits to PRP Therapy:
1) The platelets used are from the patient’s own blood and thus present no risk of disease transmission.
2) The healing process is completely natural.
The plasma is introduced in a clotted form in or on top of the wound. As such, it never re-enters circulation. Once extracted, it is used primarily for the reparation of the affected tissue.
PRP has been used in several private and public cases over the years. As early as the 1990s, surgeons used PRP therapy to promote soft skin tissue regrowth following plastic surgery. It was also used to encourage bone healing following spinal injuries.
More recently, it has gained traction in the sports medicine world. In 2008, Takashi Saito underwent PRP therapy after sustaining a major injury. If surgically operated on, this could have benched him for close to a year. He was able to return to the mound days afterward. Tiger Woods used PRP in 2009 before playing in all four professional golf majors. Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers used it before winning the Super Bowl.
These public ties to joint rehabilitation have given PRP a lot of its current hype.
PRP therapy is also highly effective in skin therapy. When used together with Collagen Inducting Therapy (CIT), it can provide strength and recruit reparative stem cells. This initiates healing in the dermis layer of the skin.
A few of the benefits of PRP for skin therapy are the reduction of wrinkles, improving burn scars, remodeling acne scars, and more.
Here are a few other benefits of undergoing PRP Therapy:
In summation, PRP Therapy has been known to accompany quick recovery ranging from major injuries to simple joint pain. It is also a healthy and noninvasive alternative to joint rehabilitation surgery.
If you are interested in undergoing this procedure, feel free to contact our experts at Allied Health Care.