PRP FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrated sample of your own blood composed primarily of high levels of platelets. Platelets are a critical component of the wound healing process. Importantly platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. Your physician delivers a concentration of platelets and growth factors that are roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood.
What are growth factors?
Growth factors are necessary to initiate tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process. The highly concentrated level of growth factors found in PRP may optimize the most effective conditions for healing.
Am I a candidate?
The use of PRP is considered by any to be a “new frontier” of regenerative therapy. Since clinical studies have shown that PRP can be used in many types of procedures for a wide range of patients, you should discuss your specific treatment with your doctor.
How could PRP be used for My Treatment?
The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure. PRP is generally applied topically to the repair site. It is often applied to bone and soft tissue repair sites to accelerate tissue regeneration. Clinical studies have shown that application of PRP can help reduce bleeding, minimize pain, reduce infection rates, and optimize overall healing.
Is PRP safe?
Yes, PRP has been used clinically for over a decade. Leading clniicians in specialiities such as Orthopedics and Sports Medicine routinely use PRP to deliver a cocktail of natural, bioactive growth factors. PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood drawn at the time of treatment. Because PRP is made from your own blood, it is insulated against the risk of disease transmission and inflammatory immune responses. PRP is made point of care at the time of treatment and under your physician’s control.
Will it hurt?
Some patients report swelling and stiffness or mild to moderate discomfort lasting a few hours after the injection. This is a normal response and is a sign that the treatment is working. Over time, the affected area will begin to heal and strengthen and you will experience considerably less pain.
- Renews, repairs and promotes grown factors for pain/ injuries
- Promotes and releases natural regenerative growth factors
- Release anti-inflammatory agents to aid the healing process
- Improve joint, tendon and ligament functions
- No risk of allergic or adverse reaction
- Little to no downtime, a safe and fast recovery
- Promotes new tissue growth, and healing properties