PRP is a treatment that involves injecting concentrated platelets derived from the patients own blood into damaged connective tissue. PRP is high in growth factors which stimulate a robust healing response. This treatment is typically perfomed 1-2 times, depending on the severity of injury. Depending on the tissue injected, results may be seen between 2-8 weeks. PRP can be used in conjunction with Prolotherapy.
What substances are in Platelet Rich Plasma?
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): Promotes healing of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage by stimulating the immune system.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) stimulates the growth of the cells involved in collagen and cartilage formation.
- Transforming Growth Factor-8 (TGF-8): Affects all major cell types involved in healing and connective tissue repair.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF): forms new blood vessels at the site of injury, which increases blood flow. Blood flow is critical for healing as it nourishes the injured tissue with nutrients and immunologic (repairing) cells.