Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Well over ten years ago, medical scientists began to realize that a specific portion of human blood contained special growth factors and healing-inducing properties. This portion of blood is known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), is without red blood cells but contains blood serum. It is what’s responsible for blood clotting and tissue healing. In addition to speeding the healing process, PRP also contains a significant array of growth factors that make it an enhancer of the function of tissue that it comes into contact with. PRP is used in many areas of medicine, including acceleration of healing of tendon injuries, the treatment of osteoarthritis, in some aspects of dental work, and in cardiovascular medicine. PRP is isolated from one’s own blood and re-injected into an area of the body where it may induce healing or growth-enhancing properties including cell growth, new tissue generation and repair, formation on new blood vessels, and collagen production.