Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What are Platelets?
A platelet is a blood component similar to a blood cell but smaller and is used in the coagulation and healing process. When they are activated, they release granules from their interior with contain many chemical messengers including growth factors which can be used in the healing process of injuries and chronic conditions.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma / PRP?
Samples of a patient's own blood can be drawn and processed in a way to separate the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets away from the liquid portion of the blood (plasma) with the use of a centrifuge. The platelets can then be harvested from the a portion of the spun blood and mixed with some of the plasma to create an injectable mix of plasma and concentrated platelets.
PRP injections therefore contain healing growth components from your own blood that increase your body’s natural ability to repair itself. The use of PRP to repair joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries is becoming well known, thanks to exposure from professional athletes. Platelet injection treatments are effective because they have a stimulating effect on the stem cells within the targeted area, making those stem cells work harder to heal damaged tissues. Platelet procedures are commonly used for soft tissue injuries such as sprains and tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, mild arthritis, and other foot and ankle orthopedic conditions.