What is PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma)?

Platelets contain Bioactive Proteins that initiate healing. These proteins cause angioneogenesis and collagen synthesis, increasing the matrix, vascularity, collagen content and strength of tendons, ligaments and bone. PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor) helps stimulate the production of other growth factors and has a role in tissue remodeling. PDGF promotes mesenchymal stem cell replication, osteoid production, endothelial cell replication, and collagen synthesis. It is likely that PDGF is the first growth factor present in a wound and starts connective tissue healing by promoting collagen and protein synthesis. PRP has been used since the early 1970’s in orthopedics, wound care, and sports medicine. Many famous athletes have been treated with PRP to promote faster and more complete healing. Some of these athletes include: Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant, Hines Ward, and Alex Rodriguez. Autologous blood is collected and centrifuged to separate out the patient’s platelets. The platelets are reconstituted with the patient’s serum to make the Platelet Rich Plasma. The PRP is then injected into the affected tendon, ligament or articulation. It is recommended that three treatments of Prolotherapy and/or PRP therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) are injected one to two weeks apart. Later treatments may be required, depending upon the initial response to treatment.

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