From hair loss to osteoarthritis, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are used for a wide variety of ailments. This form of regenerative medicine can enhance the natural growth factors of your body to heal damaged tissue. Read on to learn more:
What are plasma and platelets?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, uses plasma and platelets to activate the body’s natural healing process. Both plasma and platelets are found in blood. Plasma contains proteins that helps your blood to clot and supports cell growth. Platelets, meanwhile, are blood cells that also help our blood to clot.
What are PRP injections?
PRP injections are created by drawing blood from an individual and using a centrifuge to separate the blood into three layers—red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma, and platelet-poor plasma. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area of the body that needs treatment. For example, if you’re getting PRP therapy for hair loss, the PRP would be injected into the scalp. PRP therapy takes time, so you’ll receive a series of three injections every 4-6 weeks, with maintenance treatments every 4-6 months.
What does PRP therapy help with?
Platelet-rich plasma injections can increase blood supply and enhance healing. As a result, PRP therapy can help with a variety of maladies. These include the following:
- Hair loss
- Tendon injuries
- Postsurgical repair
- Acute injuries
- And more