Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been in the news and written about in scientific and medical journals, regarding its effectiveness toward treating injuries. Several professional athletes such as Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and several NFL players have received PRP for knee and chronic tendon injuries, and many of them credit PRP therapies toward returning them more quickly to their sport, and even helping them delay retirement.
At Regenerative Aesthetics & Lasers NW our quality control program ensures that our Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) preparations are consistent and high quality, and our PRP treatment therapies are individualized to meet your specific therapy needs.
Blood is mainly a liquid called plasma, however it does contain red cells, white cells and platelets which are solid components. Platelets, known for clotting, also contain hundreds of growth factors, which are vital in healing injuries in the body. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma with 5 to 10 times a richer (or greater) concentration of growth factors – so it is that much more healing to injuries. PRP Therapy is the injection of that concentrated plasma directly into the tissues surrounding an inflamed or injured joint to promote healing.
PRP Therapy is relatively quick – it takes less than an hour to complete. The doctor will take a sample of the patient’s blood, which is similar to any other procedure where blood is drawn. The sample of blood is placed in a centrifuge, and spun at a high speed to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other blood components. Your doctor will then carefully inject the concentrated platelets into the injury or inflamed tissues, often using an ultrasound for accuracy. The plasma contains growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues. PRP stimulates collagen production, enhances tendon stem cell proliferation and protein expression – all of which promotes healing.
Patients may initially feel a notable increase in pain in the few days following the PRP Treatment procedure, however you’ll notice a gradual improvement each day, as well as an increase in functional mobility, endurance and strength in the 2-6 weeks following a PRP injection. Many patients report ongoing improvement for 6-9 months following PRP Therapy.
PRP Therapy is effective in treating acute sports injuries, such as muscle and sports injuries. According to current research studies, PRP has been the most effective treating chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, or of the patellar tendon at the knee (known as jumper’s knee). It is also showing promising results in therapies treating knee arthritis, helping tissues heal more quickly after certain surgeries, as well being used in a limited way to help speed up the healing of broken bones and fractures. So far PRP therapy is showing promise, however as with any therapy the effectiveness depends on a few factors including: the treatment area of the body, the patient’s physical overall health, and whether the injury is acute (such as a fall or ankle twist) or chronic (which is an injury that develops over time).
Please contact Regenerative Aesthetics & Lasers NW today to discuss if PRP Therapy is right for you. We look forward to helping relieve your pain associated with an injury or degenerative condition, so you can resume a healthy, active lifestyle.