Benefits of PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
As a cutting edge procedure, further research needs to be done to better understand the effects of PRP. Currently, there is some evidence that PRP is effective for bone healing, cartilage repair, and wound healing. Ongoing clinical trials are assessing the efficacy of PRP for ankle sprains, bone healing, chronic Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and many other musculoskeletal injuries. According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of repetitive tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow. The use of PRP for other recurrent tendon injuries — such as persistent Achilles tendonitis or inflammation of the patellar tendon at the knee (jumper’s knee) is promising. In summary, available data suggest that PRP may be valuable in enhancing soft-tissue repair and wound healing.
PRP Potential Benefits
The PRP procedure could actually speed recovery time, helping to decrease pain and increase performance of the injured area.
PRP Low Risk and Side Effects
In the New Age of Prolotherapy, Dr. Donna Alderman states, “There have been no documented cases of carcinogenesis, hyperplasia, or tumor growth associated with the use of autologous PRP. PRP growth factors never enter the cell or its nucleus and act through the stimulation of external cell membrane receptors of adult mesenchymal stem cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, osteoblasts, and epidermal cells. This binding stimulates expression of a normal gene repair sequence, causing normal healing – only much faster. Therefore PRP has no ability to induce tumor formation. The PRP procedure is done with the patient’s own blood therefore the risk of allergy or infectious disease is considered minimal. Evidence also exists in studies that PRP may have an antibacterial effect.”
Short Recovery Period For Platelet Rich Plasma
Patients typically experience minimal discomfort following at the site which may last for up to 1 week. In some cases rest may be prescribed, but most patients are able to continue with normal activities or work shortly after the injection.
Potential Benefits of PRP Include:
- Very few contraindications
- Minimal risk
- Short recovery time
- Cost effective treatment
- Targeted and accelerated healing
- Rapid results with long-term benefits
- Natural, visible improvement without artificial enhancement
- High level of patient satisfaction and significant return on investment