About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Healing after an injury involves a well orchestrated and complex series of events where proteins in the blood act as messengers to regulate the entire process. PRP injections involve gathering these many proteins that are involved in this healing process. This is done by recovering them from the small fragments in the blood called platelets.
Platelets are small colorless cell fragments present in the blood. They are formed in the bone marrow and are freely passing through the blood stream in a resting state. However when an injury occurs, the platelets become activated and start to gather at the injury site to release beneficial proteins called growth factors. This is the beginning of the healing process.
PRP is simply a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells.
To collect PRP a small sample of your blood is put into a specialized machine that “spins” it down in order to separate and concentrate the platelets and other beneficial growth factors. The entire PRP process can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes. After this separation process the PRP can be delivered to the injury site. Side effects are very uncommon since this process uses your own body’s natural properties.
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