Platelet Rich Plasma
What is PRP?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, acts as a “fertilizer” encouraging healing and tissue repair. It is a component of whole blood consisting of concentrated platelets and very few red blood cells. Platelets are the “front line soldiers” in the battle against injury, and are the first to arrive to initiate a healing response. Platelets release dozens of growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines that direct local tissues to start healing, and recruit other cells to help tissue regeneration and recovery. Over 10 years of scientific medical literature details the benefits of PRP in numerous conditions such as arthritis, chronic tendonitis, bursitis, degenerative disc disease, and nerve pain. Studies have shown PRP to be more effective for arthritis than steroid injections.
The preparation and administration of PRP can vary from one clinic to another. Many physicians use commercial systems that do not allow customization of the preparation process. This can affect the composition of the final product and how well the PRP actually works. At SCCI, we have developed preparation techniques that allow us to customize PRP for the individual patient and the particular area being treated. For example, when treating joints, a PRP preparation with low white blood count (WBC) is preferable. However, some tendon injuries seem to do better with higher WBC counts, but still require avoiding certain WBCs such as neutrophils.