What is PRP?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is the liquid part of blood (plasma) that has been separated from the red blood cells and white blood cells and concentrated with a higher proportion of platelets than would normally be found in blood. Platelets are typically thought of as being important in the clotting of blood. However, they also contain large amounts of growth factors. These growth factors have a significant role in healing tissues after injuries. PRP can dramatically increase the concentration of platelets in the plasma and therefore increases the amount of growth factors as well.
How is PRP created?
PRP is made by drawing blood from a patient and then using a centrifuge to separate the different parts of the blood. The plasma and platelets are drawn up and then plasma is removed until the desired concentration of platelets is achieved. Typically, effective levels of platelets are between 5 to 7 times the concentration found in normal blood. This highly concentrated plasma is then used for injection or other treatments in the same patient.
How does PRP work?
The increased concentration of platelets, and therefore growth factors, have been shown to speed up and enhance the bodies natural healing process. Using targeted injections of PRP, we can stimulate healing to occur exactly where it is needed. PRP is often referred to as regenerative medicine due to it’s ability to promote the body to heal tissues.
What can PRP treat?
PRP is emerging as an effective treatment for a variety of problems. Most traditionally, PRP has been used to treat sports and musculoskeletal injuries. Ligament and tendon strains are common uses and many professional athletes have turned to PRP to help speed up recovery from injuries that used to be reserved to medications, physical therapy or surgeries. PRP treatments have been shown to be effective for joint pain due to osteoarthritis or wear and tear injuries that may typically require steroid injections or even surgery as well.
But, that’s not all. PRP is often times being used for more cosmetic reasons as well. Treating the skin with PRP therapy can greatly reduce wrinkles, scars, and imperfections and help promote collagen repair that helps bring out the more youthful looking skin. PRP also has been shown to be very effective in promoting hair regrowth for problems with baldness or thinning hair.
PRP at Arktos Direct Care.
At Arktos, we use PRP in a variety of ways. Dr. Hampton uses PRP as an enhancement to prolotherapy treatments for various musculoskeletal problems and also as targeted joint injections for pain from osteoarthritis. Dr. Yavari will often recommend PRP with microneedling procedures for a variety of skin issues. This treatment has become very popular and is sometimes referred to as a “vampire facial” or “golden mask”.
At Arktos Direct Care, we have spent a lot of time researching the best options and systems to offer our patients the most effective PRP treatments available. That is why we use PurePRP® with the EmCyte system. This allows use to achieve a 7x concentration of platelets compared to normal blood. It’s this concentration that gives our patients great results.
Call us today to set up a free consultation for discussing PRP treatments or to schedule your therapy.