Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) is a fairly new and safe procedure that has shown significant signs of positive results. Many professional athletes have been turning to PRP to treat their injuries. It is a preferred method over narcotic pain treatment or surgery because PRP uses your own blood and growth hormone to help your body heal itself.
The first step to the process entails collecting a sample of your blood and putting it through a “filtering” process called a centrifuge ( this is happening outside of your body). While going through this process, your bloods components are separated into: platelets, plasma and red and white blood cells. The platelets are extracted and mixed with some of your plasma. This is where the name Platelet-Rich-Plasma is derived from.
Next, this concoction of platelets and plasma is injected at the source where the tissue is damage, where you are experiencing pain. This re-submission of your blood particles into your body forces your immune system to react instantly. The body’s white blood cells defense mechanism called “macrophages” immediately report to the site of injection causing the damage cells to flush away from the area. This causes the area to begin to heal, allowing stem cells and other cells to develop and multiply over time in order to rebuild the affected tissue.
The procedure is done in the office and after you have been given some time to recover, you can return home the same day. Some patient’s begin to feel immediate relief after the first application while others may require a series of 2-3 to fully feel the effects.