Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
The other type of regenerative medicine therapy we offer in our clinic is “PRP”.
PRP therapy is a procedure where blood is drawn from a person, and the Platelets within that blood are isolated and concentrated (the “red” and “white” cells are discarded) in order to be injected back into a site of injury or damage. The platelets are the cells within our blood that have amazing healing capabilities. They stop you from bleeding for example, by releasing certain types of proteins that cause the blood to clot. But they also release MANY other growth factors AND actually attract our bodies’ own Stem cells in order to stimulate the healing of damaged tissues.
There are, however, a few key factors that determine if a PRP therapy will be successful or not:
1. The Method of Extracting the Platelets and Creating a PRP Therapy Sample. You see, not all methods are of equal value, some only creating a PRP sample that has 1.5-2x the concentration of platelets normally found within our blood. We use top-notch collection/preparation kits that have been shown via scientific studies to consistently produce a PRP sample that has 7-8x the platelet concentration found in our blood! And with PRP, more is better!
2. Using Ultrasound Guidance to Ensure Proper Delivery of PRP Sample. Obviously, if the person injecting the PRP sample (OR the Stem Cells) can actually SEE the needle getting to the right spot, then the odds of successful therapy are significantly increased! But you’d be surprised how many clinics don’t use ultrasound guidance. Suffice it to say, that we use U.S. guidance to ensure the proper delivery of the sample….whether it be PRP or Stem cells.
3. What Type of Condition It’s Used For. While there is some overlap in the conditions that can be treated with PRP and Stem Cell Therapy, generally one is going to be better than another for different issues. We can determine which would be a better option for you with a consultation and exam, but in general, PRP is an excellent option for Tendon and muscle issues (“Runners knee” and “Tennis Elbow”, Achilles tendon injuries, hamstring pulls, and many other athletic injuries).
PRP is also used very successfully in the field of aesthetics…facials, hair regrowth, etc…which procedures are also available in our clinic.