Platelet Rich Plasma
How it works
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, acts as a fertilizer, encouraging healing and tissue repair. PRP is a component of whole blood consisting of concentrated platelets and very few red blood cells. Platelets are the frontline 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.
Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. 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.
Our unique preparation
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
Sierra Stem Cell Institute has developed a propriety, patent-pending preparation technique that allow us to customize PRP for each patient and for the 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.
While no statements can be made regarding the curative affect any specific orthopedic or musculoskeletal condition using the PRP procedure, many patients report significant lessening of symptoms. We are happy to share patient results — while maintaining patient confidentiality — upon request.