What is PRP?
PRP is blood plasma with a high platelet concentration. The platelets are enriched with essential bioactive proteins that act as growth factors that accelerate the repair and regeneration of joint tissues. Also, PRP promotes the growth of new blood vessels and new collagen, which is required for healing.
This treatment serves to accelerate the healing of acute and chronic joint injuries, chronic wounds, skin, and much more. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient so that the PRP can be extracted. The PRP is then centrifuged to bring the platelet concentration up by nearly 500% before the PRP is injected into the centre of the targeted structure. The injections are guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy.
While everyone reacts at a different pace, most can expect between 1 to 3 injections to obtain optimal results. In the event of a severely damaged structure, this less-expensive treatment can serve as preparation before opting for the more costly stem-cell injections.