If you follow sports, you’ve probably heard of PRP. This acronym, which stands for platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used by athletes like Tiger Woods to help support healing and return to competition more quickly after an injury. In anti-aging and regenerative medicine, PRP can be used for healing, rejuvenation and many other things.
What Does PRP Consist Of?
Although blood is mostly liquid, some of its components – including red cells, white cells and platelets – are solid. Platelets are rich in substances called growth factors, which facilitate the healing of injury. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, describes a blood preparation with many times more platelets than normal, thus increasing the concentration of growth factors. With PRP treatment, blood is drawn from a patient and a special machine called a centrifuge is used to isolate and multiply the platelets. The resulting concentration of platelets is then combined with the remaining blood sample.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Work?
Clinical trials have shown that PRP can help to speed up the healing process. Scientists have found that PRP slows bleeding, repairs damaged blood vessels and cells and triggers the production of collagen and new skin cells. These effects have benefits not only in healing from injuries, but also for cosmetic concerns.
What Conditions Can PRP Be Used to Treat?
Various clinical trials have indicated that platelet rich plasma treatment is effective for chronic tendon injuries, most notably tennis elbow, chronic Achilles tendonitis or inflammation of the patellar tendon. It’s also frequently used for acute ligament and muscle injuries, including pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains. And though more research is required, PRP shows promise to expedite surgical healing and to treat broken bones and arthritis-related pain.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
Talk with our team of professionals at Baja Medica to learn more about the potential benefits of PRP and whether you may be a candidate for this type of treatment. This is a versatile treatment option that has been showing very promising results in treating many types of