Blood platelets are important for clotting, but they also contain special proteins and other growth factors that help jumpstart a tissue recovery process. Damaged tissues are replaced in a series of steps, the first being granular cell formation. This is followed by permanent tissue remodeling. Tendons, ligaments, and other joint tissues take a long time to heal, but this process can be accelerated via the introduction of a concentrated amount of platelets. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a means by which tissue repair is accelerated. Today, PRP therapy is used to address a number of injuries and conditions, and for good reason.
This treatment was in a lot of headlines a decade ago when a number of well-known athletes underwent the procedure. At first, it was considered sensationalized news, but these days, a growing number of physicians, joint injury specialists, and even dermatologists and other professionals are finding out that PRP therapy really can enhance tissue regeneration.
Using Platelets for Tissue Repair
Blood contains water, salt, red and white cells, platelets, and nutrients. It also contains antigens and antibodies that are different from one individual to another. This is why blood transfusions must be performed with great care.
However, PRP therapy involves the use of the patient’s own blood, so there’s no concern about rejection or contamination. The blood is drawn from the client and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the plasma and platelets from the red cells. The platelet concentration can be further enhanced via an additional run through the centrifuge. The resulting liquid has many times more than the normal platelet concentration.
This liquid is mixed with a thin gel, and a chloride solution is added to help activate the platelets. The mix is then injected into damaged tissues. After a series of treatments, ligaments and tendons begin to heal faster.
Experience the Benefits for Yourself
To learn more about PRP therapy and how it can help speed up the healing of various tissues, talk to our experts at The Guyer Institute of Metabolic Medicine. We are regenerative medicine specialists and are happy to sit down with you and discuss all of your treatment options. Whether you are dealing with musculoskeletal issues or some kind of connective tissue dysfunction, PRP therapy could work for you. Our office is conveniently located in Indianapolis, IN. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more information!