What is PRP? That is an important question, because it is becoming increasingly popular to consider regenerative approaches to repairing the human body.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma, is a convenient treatment option for many soft tissue injuries, because it only involves a blood draw from the arm. The blood is spun down in a centrifuge, separating out the platlet rich plasma (PRP) portion in which there are concentrated growth factors and cytokines.
This process separates the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) component of the blood from the red blood cells and other non-therapeutic components, producing a concentrated source of self-derived (“autologous”) platelets as the final PRP product.
This resulting PRP component contains both growth factors and cytokines that may have ability to support or stimulate healing of bone, as well as soft tissue structures, such as ligaments, tendons, fascia, and more. While there have not yet been large-scale, controlled clinical trials conducted to evaluate the efficacy of PRP, the procedure has nonetheless become commonplace in medical offices worldwide, most frequently within orthopedic offices.
The growth factors and cytokines then work as signalling factors within the area they are injected.
There is scientific evidence to suggest that these components may facilitate repairs of soft tissues, but the exact method of action is not fully clear. [Read more…]