Platelet-Rich Plasma is a more aggressive type of Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) in comparison to dextrose prolotherapy. For example, one treatment of PRP is equivalent to 3-4 prolotherapy treatments. Considering the efficiency of PRP vs. prolotherapy, some athletes prefer this treatment so that they are able to return to their sport in a shorter amount of time.
PRP involves extracting your own blood, spinning it down to concentrate the platelets, (which contain over 20 different growth factors) and then injecting these directly into tissues that are damaged. The needling technique for PRP is the same technique that is used for prolotherapy; the difference is the substance in the syringe.
Because platelet-rich plasma is very effective at regenerating tissue, it can be used to regrow new tissue in many areas of the body. One of the most popular uses of PRP is hair regeneration and skin rejuvenation. When PRP is used on the face, it is often called a “vampire facial”.
PRP injections regenerate new tissue by “feeding” lingering stem cells in the area that is being injected. For example, if we inject into the scalp in an area where hair growth is sparse, the PRP will tell the stem cells to become hair follicle cells. If we inject into a joint space that has thinning cartilage, the PRP will tell those stem cells to become cartilage cells.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is quickly becoming the standard of care in orthopedic medicine for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions – especially conditions in which surgery is not indicated. It should be noted however, that not all PRP treatments are the same. Here at ProActive Health Group, our Naturopathic Doctors ensure you as the patient are in a healthy state before receiving treatment, as the therapy is only as good as the quality of your blood. We also use a centrifuge system that has been shown in numerous studies to be superior to the majority of others on the market for concentrating platelets.