Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a sample of blood plasma with quadruple the number of platelets that are normally found within the blood. This treatment, like stem cell, enhances your natural ability to heal yourself and reduce healing time for soft tissue injuries.
Your blood consists of erythrocytes or red blood cells, the red part of your blood, plasma, the yellow or clear part of your blood, and the buffy coat, consisting of white blood cells and platelets. When centrifuged, we can separate the components of whole blood and obtain samples of plasma.
Platelets are found in the plasma and buffy coat of your blood. They float around, at the ready to help should you have an injury like a cut, broken bone, internal bleeding etc. Platelets have the very important duty of releasing growth factors that signal the healing sequence along with clotting factors. Plasma alone contains important proteins like albumin and is a powerful tool in accelerating healing. PRP also contains cytokines that include growth factors, glycoproteins, proteins, and peptides. These qualities effectively boost healing process of soft tissues and even skin.
The purpose of PRP is to accelerate healing. The healing response fostered by PRP will help restore strength in any area. PRP is an alternative to NSAIDs like ibuprofen and Motrin and also an alternative to toxic steroid injections like Cortisone.
PRP treatment at Stemcellix is autologous, meaning the platelets come from you, the patient.
What Can Be Treated With PRP?
- Acute Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Fine Lines And Wrinkles
- Open Skin Wounds
- Muscle Fatigue
- Post-Surgical Healing
Individuals who are active as well as professional athletes have seen serious improvements from chronic pain from soft tissue injuries or mild arthritis. Some professional athletes that have benefitted from PRP include Kobe Bryant, Hines Ward, Chris Cooley, Sidney Rice, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Maria Sharapova, Tiger Woods, and many others.
Who Can Be Treated With PRP?
Most patients are candidates for PRP, except those with low platelet counts (Thrombocytopenia) and pregnant women. One of our physicians will examine and clear all patients for this procedure at our facility.
How Is PRP Administered?
PRP injections at Stemcellix are performed in the office, the entire process taking less than 45 minutes. First you blood is drawn from a vein in your arm or hand, using the same technique used when getting routine lab work done. The tubes of blood are then placed in a centrifuge and the spinning separates it into the different layers based on density. Once the sample is ready, it is prepared and the injection is given within 15 minutes. It is injected into the damaged or injured area. Each patient is awake, and a topical numbing is sometimes used.
Is PRP Approved By The FDA?
The FDA stands for Food and Drug Administration. The FDA oversees food and drugs. Your blood is neither a food nor a drug, so the FDA does not regulate procedures such as these. Stemcellix uses the most up to date equipment and technology in order to provide top of the line procedures to our patients.
What Is The Difference Between Stem Cell Treatment And PRP Treatment?
Both Stem Cell Treatment and PRP Treatments are regenerative medical treatments used to harness your body’s own healing power. It’s easy to see how people get them confused.
PRP treatments are used mostly for cosmetic reasons and soft tissue injuries not requiring surgery; Minor tendon and ligament tears, strains, sprains, and to generally accelerate the healing process. PRP contains proteins and growth factors to initiate healing. PRP is an effective alternative to long term use of NSAIDs, or steroid injections.
Stem Cell Treatments, however have the ability to actually regenerate diseased or dysfunctional tissue in areas of extreme degeneration such as bone on bone osteoarthritis, system chronic inflammation, and diseases such as Diabetes, COPD, and even Lupus. Stem Cell Treatments are viable alternatives to joint replacement surgery.
Both are very helpful in rejuvenation of tissue; however Stem Cell treatments are used in more serious indications.