Platelet Rich Plasma
How it works
Platelet rich plasma is a natural preparation from blood. It acts as a fertilizer, encouraging natural healing and tissue repair. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a component of whole blood consisting of concentrated platelets and some white 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 enhance 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 safer, and more effective for arthritis than steroid injections.
Our unique preparation
To prepare PRP, blood must first be drawn in a sterile fashion. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased using a centrifugation process. The preparation is then placed in an area of injury to start the healing process.
Sierra Stem Cell Institute has developed a unique preparation technique that allow us to customize PRP for each patient for the area being treated. Important characteristics of our PRP preparations are measured. This includes counting platelets, granulocytes, lyphmocytes, and monocytes.
While no statements can be made regarding the curative affect any specific orthopedic or musculoskeletal condition using PRP therapy, many patients report significant lessening of symptoms or recovery. We are happy to share patient results, while maintaining patient confidentiality, upon request.