Platelet-Rich-Plasma

3/4/2014 Lolo

Can you elaborate on PRP? How exactly does one treatment work for such a wide array of injuries?


Please refer to the previous question for some general information on PRP. The exact reason why PRP is hugely successful is not yet known, however many credit the platelets’ rich bank of proteins and growth hormones as the main reason for speedy recoveries. The platelet contains thousands of proteins and hormones that aid in the growth and repair of cells. Each of these chemicals has healing capabilities and pain relieving factors and when flooded together, they are thought to have synergistic effects that explain the treatment’s immense power. Different PRP also contains different amounts of white blood cells, cells that prevent infection, eliminate damaged tissue, and cause inflammation at the site of injury. Some may argue that inflammation impedes healing and therefore PRP should have as few WBC as possible. Others argue that the crucial role WBC play in repair far outweigh the inflammation. All in all, it comes down to the type of injury that is being treated. Tendon injuries with scarring and degeneration often lack inflamed tissue, therefore a mixture that initiates inflammation may elicit healing. White blood cell rich PRP is often used as treatment of such cases. Other injuries like arthritis, in which cartilage is already inflamed, utilize the use of PRP with few WBC. In conclusion, PRP is proven to be the most effective method to heal difficult orthopedic injuries but the exact reason why it is successful is still under study.

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