Platelet rich plasma, PRP, is a viable and intact concentration of human platelets in a small volume of plasma. The PRP is derived from whole blood which has been centrifuged to remove the red blood cells. It has a far larger concentration of growth factors than whole blood and is used to heal many injuries such as severe muscle strains, muscle/fascial injuries, osteoarthritis bone repair and regeneration, tendinitis and to aid in wound healing.
PRP contains certain growth factors that help the body in healing the above various injuries/conditions.
Epidermal Growth Factor which plays a role in the regulation of all cell growth.
Transforming Growth Factor promotes angiogenesis which is the physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels.
Vascular Endothelial growth, an important protein that may help the growth of blood vessels from pre- existing vasculature.
Fibroblast Growth Factor promotes the processes that enable tissue repair after an injury.
Platelet Derived Growth Factor attracts macrophages and fibroblasts to the zone of injury and promotes collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis.
Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor stimulates granulocyte and macrophage proliferation for the growth of health tissue and blood cells.
PRP therapy also has virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection since it is processed from the patient’s own blood.
For more information or to find out if PRP therapy is right for you, call Quality of Life Medical Center, 520.733.2250.