What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from an individual’s own blood. After a single blood sample is taken, the blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate platelets from the blood. The PRP can be injected into the skin or inserted via microneedling. PRP is full of growth factors that can help repair damaged tissue. Growth factors found in platelets promote cell growth, tissue repair, and the production of new collagen.
Benefits of PRP
PRP injections may be able to treat a range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. For example, chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow or jumper’s knee can often take a long time to heal, so adding PRP shots to a treatment regimen can help to stimulate the healing process, decrease pain and enable a return to activities sooner.
It can take a few weeks for results to appear, as the body takes time to produce collagen. As a result, you can expect to keep seeing improvements in your skin in the weeks following your treatment. Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma may stimulate or speed up the healing process, shortening healing time for injuries, decreasing pain and even encouraging hair growth.