Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is an all natural therapy for joint, tendon and ligament injuries. It is quicker, more cost effective, and safer than many other medical alternatives. Platelets (thrombocytes) are small disk shaped cells within your blood that contain natural sources of growth factors, proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone, joint and soft tissues.
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You’ve probably heard about “PRP” being used to assist professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and Troy Polamalu speed up their healing time. These athletes received PRP Therapy after experiencing injuries that should have sidelined them for months, but instead experienced faster recovery time thanks to PRP treatments.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelets (thrombocytes) are small disk shaped cells within your blood that contain natural sources of growth factors, proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone, joint and soft tissues.
You’re smart, inquisitive and probably wondering, “Great, but how does that heal my joints?”
Stimulates Growth & Attracts Stem Cells
Well, platelets stimulate the healing process by their assistance in blood clotting. By gathering at the site of an injury and attaching to the injured soft tissue, the platelets create a solid foundation for blood coagulation to occur. This results in a formation of a fibrin clot that covers your wound and prevents blood from leaving your body. The platelets do this all while attracting the aid of stem cells. Thus making your fibrin layer an essential platform needed for new tissue to form and healing to occur.
Releases Growth Factors (Cytokines)
Another extremely important function of platelets is their ability to release growth factors, which are responsible for almost all repair processes that occur in the body. These growth factors are called Cytokines. Cytokines play a very important role in cellular communication and cumulatively accelerate tissue and wound healing. PRP is a consolidation these growth factors and many proteins that collectively stimulate repair and regeneration.
Here’s the best part: The platelets are naturally harvested from your blood. This ensures nearly no risk of infection or disease transmission and is a completely natural way to heal your ailing joints. The procedure is out-patient.