Platelet Rich Plasma treatment uses a patient’s own blood to speed up the healing process for injured tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments. It can also be used to aid patients with musculoskeletal problems, and PRP therapy can even be used to reduce scarring and improve skin rejuvenation for individuals, commonly post cosmetic surgery, specifically surgical face lifts. The treatment works as the platelets in the blood help stimulate new tissue production due to the proteins and other growth factors within them.
One benefit of PRP treatment and therapy is that because a patient’s own blood is used in the process there is no risk of the body rejecting the blood and the patient having an allergic reaction as a result of this. This ensures every injection is successful and harbors very little risk.
PRP for Sporting Injuries
PRP can be highly effective in treating sports injuries resulting in ligament, tendon, or joint pain. One of the most common injuries plaguing sportsmen and women is tendonitis – whether that be ‘tennis elbow’ or Achilles tendonitis, they can be debilitating conditions that prevent sports players from continuing to participate in their field. With PRP, a concentrated platelet injection helps speed up recovery and enables injured patients to return to their normal condition before they experienced severe tendon pain. PRP has been scientifically proven to drastically reduce pain for patients.
PRP for Arthritis
Despite being an alternative method of practice for treating such joint conditions, more people are turning to PRP to help treat joint-related conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis. The theory behind such a method is to slow down the progression of the condition, stimulate the formulation of new cartilage, inhibit inflammation and to alter pain receptors with proteins in order to reduce the feeling of pain for patients. Despite being a new treatment, it shows huge promise in this area in reducing pain and in slowing down the effects of arthritis.
PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss is difficult to treat inexpensively, but PRP as a solution could reduce the costs for patients, providing a cheaper alternative to costly hair transplants. The idea behind this practice is that the blood plasma will promote growth of hair follicles, thickening hair and stimulating growth at the root of the head.
PRP Therapy for the Face
PRP therapy has a range of benefits to be had through ‘vampire’ facials, and it is also commonly used to enhance surgical face lifts by reducing scarring and bruising. Facials using PRP are used to enhance a patient’s complexion giving them a more ‘youthful glow’. These are growing in popularity rapidly as they work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ‘plump up’ dull skin in need of rejuvenation.
By Cerys May