What can be treated with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet rich plasma or PRP, is human blood that is separated using a centrifuge to isolate the platelets from the blood cells. Our body’s blood is made of a combination of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, and 1% plasma and platelets. Platelets are our bodies built-in defense that contributes to our natural healing processes. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the injured area. The main contribution of these cells are their clotting ability, however they also provide an incredible healing factor for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints naturally. By using PRP therapy, we use concentrated amounts of the healing platelets and deliver them to parts of the body that need accelerated healing.
PRP therapy provides outpatient treatment that is convenient, time efficient, and effective. With minimal downtime and quick treatments, many patients continue active lives with little to none recovery time. The number of injections varies depending on each patient’s individualized condition, but typically range anywhere from two to six injections spaced out over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection.
PRP was first developed in the 1970s and first used in Italy in an open heart surgery procedure in 1987. During the mid 1990s, PRP therapy gained traction and has since been used in many different medical fields, including:
- Sports Medicine
- Joint repair
- Ligament sprains
- Chronic injuries including back and neck injuries, ankle sprains
- Pain Management
- Regenerative Medicine for Hair Loss/Thickening
Here at our regenerative medicine office in Newport Beach, we offer PRP therapy for hair loss, sports medicine, chronic injuries and pain management.