Essentially, PRP, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, is a solution to generating a healing process using the body’s own existing resources. PRP is withdrawn from the patient’s own reserve of blood and processed to concentrate the platelet rich plasma for re-introduction into the host body. Platelets found in blood aid in the healing process of all injuries through the healing of the cells themselves.
Recent studies have discovered that blood platelets share massive amounts of bioactive proteins known as essential growth factors. These have been found to be responsible for drawing in positive reactions from osteoblasts, macrophages and mesenchymal stem cells. All of which promote the breakdown of damaged tissues and increases regenerative properties in existing tissue that can be repaired.
PROP therapy utilizes a platelet rich plasma injection to the location of the injury. In orthopedics, this injection directs specifically to the joint and tissue damage being treated. The injection delivers the concentrated platelets directly to the site of injury to not only provide healing properties from the associated drawn stem cells and related macrophages, but increases the rate of healing. Using a patient’s own blood cells to do the work.
With an orthopedic focus, PRP therapy can be a solution for a vast array of medical conditions, from tendonitis and related connective tissue damage. Native platelets aid in the healing and re-connection and acceptance of the new tissue to bone mass, something that is a major hurdle when utilizing other-donor provided treatments.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Studies and clinical trials have demonstrated that though there remains some skepticism, PROP therapy directly affects and improves the host body’s ability to reduce inflammation, increase healing and reduce healing time considerably from more traditionally invasive procedures. Conditions such as tendonitis, osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, degenerative knee cartilage and tendinopathy are all within the realm of potential issues that OPRPO therapy can assist with healing.
The focus of PRP is utilizing the body’s own regenerative factors found specifically in blood platelet extraction from plasma, with a specific and targeted site for treatment. Coupled with traditional physical therapy to target a return of functionality to the affected site, these procedures and shown to work and return a patient to full use and range of motion.