Cutting edge medicine is now utilizing the body’s own cells to facilitate natural processes to heal itself. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is an exciting treatment with a multitude of uses. PRP extracts healing factors from the body and reintroduces them into specific body parts to promote healing, and cellular growth.
In order to appreciate how PRP therapy works, it is important to have a basic understanding of the human blood. Our blood is made up of a liquid, called plasma, filled with small solid components of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The platelets work as important clotting factors at wound sites, helping to stop bleeding and establish a clot, essentially plugging a whole at the site of a bleed. In addition, the platelets contain many proteins known as growth factors which are important in cellular healing. The platelet derived growth factors help regenerate cells within the body.
The objective behind PRP therapy is to increase the platelet count in a wounded or damaged area in order to accelerate the body’s own healing process and facilitate cell rejuvenation. Over the last two decades, scientists have studied the effects of platelet rich plasma therapy to regenerate tissue and promote healing.