What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Your blood consists of solid cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which are suspended in a liquid called plasma. The platelets contain properties referred to as “growth factors,” which are proteins that play a vital role in the body’s natural healing process.
At Rejuvenage MD, our specialists take a blood sample, spin it in a centrifuge, separating it into its respective components. We then extract a portion of the sample that contains the newly concentrated plasma, rich in platelets. The PRP can then be re-injected back into precisely targeted areas to accelerate localized healing.
PRP is a complementary therapy with stem cells. We find it can enhance the recovery benefits for our more severe cases. PRP can also be used for aesthetic treatments as well such as hair restoration and facials.
What Conditions Can PRP Help With?
Platelet-rich plasma injections can be used in a wide range of medical applications, including:
Musculoskeletal Injuries: common applications include knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, among other joint and pain conditions.
Aesthetic Therapies: PRP has shown to be effective at enhancing the growth and recovery of aesthetic services like hair restoration, microneedling, and other treatments that encourage cellular turnover.
Sexual Health and Wellness: cellular regeneration plays a key role in the recovery and reinvigoration of sexual health and function.
What is the Difference Between PRP and Stem Cells?
PRP is an easy way to “jump-start” the healing process. Healing depends on platelets that are rich in growth factors. This is like jump-starting your car because your battery isn’t working well. Platelets are attracted to an area needing healing and start to release growth factors which ultimately attract stem cells.
While PRP may help recruit a few stem cells, using stem cells themselves is much more advanced. EXAMPLE: If PRP is like fertilizer for your yard, then stem cells are the actual grass seed.
Additionally, PRP is effective for tendonitis, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and minor injuries. Stem cells are great for advanced conditions such as degenerative arthritis, cartilage damage, and rotator cuff or labor tears, etc.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Available in Franklin, Tennessee
If you would like to learn more about Platelet-Rich Plasma and how it can help manage and treat certain conditions, reach out to the specialists at Rejuvenage MD for more information. Call our offices to speak with a representative or schedule a consultation online today!