Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has continued to grow as a reliable way to treat soft tissue and joint injuries effectively. People experience these kinds of injuries for many reasons – sometimes they are due to intense sports or can be a result of aging or developing arthritis. In any of these cases, PRP can help heal the affected tissues more quickly. Additionally, PRP has aesthetic applications such as improving overall skin and hair health.
Our blood predominantly consists of plasma, which carries red and white blood cells and platelets. PRP is created by drawing some of the patient’s own blood and then using a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets within a sample of the plasma. This concentrated sample of platelets is then combined with the original blood sample. We can then inject this platelet-rich blood into the injured area. While results may not occur immediately, studies have shown that overall healing time is dramatically reduced, and inflammation is tempered.