What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP consist of two components: plasma (the liquid part of the blood) and platelets,
It's a type of blood cell that plays an essential role in healing many ailments throughout the body.
Platelets play a crucial role in blood clotting, also contain growth factors that can lead to cell proliferation and stimulate tissue regeneration and healing in the treated area.
Plasma could be identified simply as blood containing more platelets than usual.
To prepare PRP, doctors take a blood sample from the patient and place it in a machine called a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating the other components of the blood from the platelets and settling them within the plasma.
What are the therapeutic uses of plasma?
Plasma injections are used to treat a range of situations as musculoskeletal pain, injuries and cosmetic procedures, such as:
- Injuries to tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints
Plasma injections may be able to treat a range of musculoskeletal injuries,
For example, chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow can take a long time to heal,
So adding plasma injections to your treatment regimen can help stimulate the healing process, reduce pain and enable a return to activities faster.
Recovery after surgery:
The first use of plasma by doctors was to speed the recovery after jaw and plastic surgery,
And now, the goals of plasma injection after surgery have expanded to the point of aiding the recovery of muscles, tendons and ligaments, as procedures on these tissues have a long term recovery.
Early studies suggest that plasma injections may help treat osteoarthritis pain by reducing inflammation.
Plasma injections could be effective in treating male pattern baldness,
By preventing hair loss and promoting new hair growth and could also help stimulate hair growth after transplantation.
Sometimes plasma injections are used for the skin as an anti-ageing treatment.