What is PRP?
Blood plasma that has been augmented with platelets is called Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP. These include a lot of different growth factors which helps kindle the healing of soft tissue. It has been used extensively in case of dermatology, orthopedics as well as dentistry. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy was developed in the 1970s and it started gaining popularity somewhere in middle of 1990s.
PRP therapy is pretty simple and a non-surgical procedure. It helps restore hair, smooth out wrinkles, scars and sun damaged skin. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine which has been proven to help rejuvenate fine lines and wrinkles. It is also very helpful in case of sports injuries. Athletes such as Tiger Woods, and Pittsburg Steeler’s Hines Ward have undergone PRP treatments as early as 2009. PRP injections in the elbow have been the major reason why Los Angeles Dodger’s pitcher, Takashi Saito was able to return to the field for the 2008 major league baseball playoffs.
How does PRP therapy help?
Human blood contains what we call the mesenchymal stem cells which have essential growth factors. To create PRP one extracts a small sample of the patient’s blood. Hereon, manually the physician separates the platelets and other components while producing a higher concentration of platelets. It is then administered back into the patient’s body to help jump start the natural healing process. Platelet Rich Plasma lifts the skin from the bone while creating a new blood flow, which thereby improves the affected areas. PRP is also very effective because the concentration of platelets is usually 4 times greater and the PRP injections aid cells to heal damaged tissues. Research have shown that the plasma treatment helps longer lasting relief because PRP injections actually REPLENISH.REPAIR.REGENERATE healthy tissues.
Typically the procedure takes just a few hours and is performed without any major risks. The improvements might be slow but gradually the healing progresses.
Platelet Rich Plasma can help in conditions like; to name a few:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hair loss and bald spots
- Hyper pigmentation
- Sun damaged skin
- Acne scars
- Burn scars
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
Globally, the PRP market has projected a growth which will be seen year after year. It is also predicted that PRP is likely to dominate a product segment with a share in revenue close to 65%. In the Asia Pacific, PRP therapy is growing at a multitude pace as well. Overall, the CAGR of over 12% is forecasted between 2016 and 2026, for the global Platelet Rich Plasma market. North America will dominate, while orthopedic surgery will have the largest application of the PRP.
What are the advantages of PRP?
One of the major advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is that it encourages healing rather than just relief. Unlike traditional steroid injections, PRP does not treat only at the surface of the symptom rather it heals the injured tissue by giving the damaged tissues an ability to regenerate.
Another advantage of PRP is that since the platelets are from the patient’s own body, there is little to no risk of rejection and infection. The risks become negligible; almost as much as the potential risk that one has while getting a routine vaccination shot.
There has been no indication that PRP injections cannot be administered again, unlike Cortisone injections. With conditions such as osteoarthritis, repeated cortisone (steroid) injections can help reduce inflammation but at the same time, can also weaken ligaments and tendons, and cause scarred tissue. Platelet Rich Plasma is not simply an inflammation reducer but aids in the actual healing process.
Another advantage of PRP is that the treatment is much less in terms of price as compared to other related treatments.
Is PRP right for you?
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