What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

 

 

Platelet rich plasma is known informally as PRP. It is a non-surgical, and non-invasive therapy that encourages natural healing of the body. Platelet-rich therapy helps with many medical issues, such as:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Hair loss or baldness
  • Minimize inflammation
  • Pulled or sprained muscles
  • Ligament or tendon repair usually after surgery
  • Chronic tendon injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse injuries

Platelet rich plasma therapy involves the drawing of a small amount of blood. The platelets are separated from the serum using a centrifuge. This highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area that is injured. Risk of side effects associated with platelet-rich therapy is very low. This is owing to the fact that the platelets are derived from the patient’s own blood. Stem cell therapy is also incorporated into some platelet rich plasma therapies, particularly for more complicated cases.

 

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