What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary way to address tissue injury by using components from a patient’s own blood to trigger healing. These “healing components” are effective in treating joint and tendon conditions and non-healing wounds, as well as facilitating facial skin rejuvenation. You may have heard about its success in treating professional athletes Tiger Woods and Hines Ward and Troy Palomalu from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other components in our blood supply to migrate to the site of injury. Under normal conditions, these platelets release a variety of factors.
When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates a mild inflammatory response, which triggers the healing cascade. This leads to restored blood flow, new cell growth, tissue regeneration and, ultimately, faster healing of soft tissue injuries. It has the potential to “supercharge” the body’s capacity for healing.
- Non-surgical approach to treating injuries and chronic pain
- Derived from the patient’s own blood
- Decreases recovery time when used during surgical procedures
- Safer than cortisone injections.