28 Dec Discovering the Healing Powers of PRP
Dr. Nikesh Seth stays on the forefront of alternative therapies and has been watching the evolvement of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for many years. The revolutionary therapy was first discovered in the 1990s in conjunction with “biological glues.” Currently, there is significant research focused on PRP, though much of the research focuses on connective tissue in the knee. However, since other joints—like the shoulder—behave similarly to the knee, PRP therapy is considered promising in a number of mobile joints.
How Platelet Rich Plasma Helps Heal
PRP can be used for both medical and aesthetic purposes. When injected into connective tissue, such as a ligament, it promotes the body’s natural healing process. Blood is what delivers growth factors (powerful proteins) to injured sites. These growth factors are what heal the body. However, body parts such as connective tissue lack good blood flow.
With a simple blood draw, a client’s own blood can be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. This “platelet-rich” solution is then injected directly into the injury site. In theory, and increasingly in practice, PRP injections should help increase or kickstart the body’s healing process. This can be true in a newer injury, or even in a years-old injury.
The Many Benefits of PRP
PRP can also be used to help stimulate hair growth. Hair follicles respond in much the same way to platelets as other parts of the body. They encourage growth. Although there are many causes of baldness and hair thinning, and not all are necessarily treatable with PRP, it’s a relatively fast and non-invasive solution.
Those powerful proteins in platelets include platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), fibroblast growth factors, vascular endothelial growth factors, and many more. Once the platelets are separated, only the highest-quality solution is used. This means that “platelet-poor” plasma is removed before the injection is ready to be used. If you’d like to learn more about PRP and how it may benefit you, contact Integrated Pain Consultants today.