What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelet cells, all suspended in a liquid called plasma. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) simply refers to blood with a high concentration of platelets.

Why seek more platelets?
Platelets are important because they help initiate a healing response. In the event of an injury or tissue damage, the body naturally directs platelets to the injured area to initiate a healing response. Injecting a concentrated platelet solution not only mimics the natural healing process, but also enhances it, speeding recovery.

How do platelets improve healing?
Platelets contain so-called growth factors. These growth factors are thought to be the key components that enable healing. In particular, they have been proven to stimulate stem cell growth and proliferation. Stem cells being “blank cells,” they can transform into the specialized cells needed to repair an injury site, providing the raw material or “glue” used for tissue regeneration.

To put it all together, PRP is by definition very rich in platelets, translating into more growth factors, in turn stimulating and increasing the number of stem cells, resulting in faster repair and more efficient recovery.

PRP is our intermediate-level offering. It is a little more involved than our entry-level Prolotherapy service, but is still simple. It can also be done quickly and very safely, but is a little more costly. In return, it enhances the results: in addition to just triggering the body’s natural healing mechanism, mostly achieving pain reduction, it also turbo-charges it, addressing the cause of the problem by helping regenerate tissue.