Platelet Rich Plasma therapy was amongst the first orthobiologic therapies available to the public and utilized widely and in the US. PRP was initially used on race horses about 20 years ago. It was noticed that when the injured race horses were injected with the platelets exptracted from their own blood, they would continue running without further need for conventional anti-inflammatory medicine, such as steroids. PRP treatment was later utilized in orthopedic and spine world to heal injuries in professional athletes. This procedure became popularized with the likes of athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods among others. PRP is now the preferred injection for pain and repair of body tissues among the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA athletes. This procedure is not only fast and effective, it is also cost effective and requires minimal post procedure recovery time.
The effectiveness of PRP therapy is due to Platelets’ unique characteristics:
- Platelets have 10 different growth factors to signal new tissue and blood formation
- Platelets have a special anti-inflammatory protein, Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1RA), commonly known as the “body’s own cortisone”
- Platelets form a scaffolding for new tissue though fibrin cross link, which forms blood clots
- Platelets send out cytokines, which are little smoke signals of distress, to inform the body where to focus its healing efforts
- Platelets have a specific signal to stimulate and attract stem cells
PRP therapy is an affordable procedure to everyone, especially when it can prevent or significantly delay conventional surgery. PRP is a well-established, trusted therapy to heal patients and get them back to their activities in a minimal time.
Link to Blog Post: Cortisone vs. PRP Injections