Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is another regenerative medicine therapy. PRP is alive with growth factors which can stimulate healing in a degenerative or injured joint or tissue. These growth factors do not transform into stem cells but they have regenerative capacity and are anti-inflammatory. PRP therapy can be used for Degenerative joint disease, arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries.
The entire procedure is performed in hospital. A sample of blood is collected from the patient and is mixed in a sterile tube with anticoagulant. This is then spun down at very high speeds in a special centrifuge. The Platelet rich plasma is separated off and collected into a syringe. The patients receptive site is surgically prepped and depending on the patient, a sedative may or may not be used to then inject the PRP into the site.