The platelets are the specialized blood cells, which are primarily recruited in the blood stream to heal damaged tissues. When an injury occurs, platelets are the true “front-line soldiers” that carry with them many different types of growth factors, proteins, and enzymes, which promote the healing process. They are also the cells that are most responsible for helping to stop the bleeding when tears (sprains) in ligaments and tendons occur. We are able to extract a much higher concentration of these desirable cells from your own blood and when this process is completed, we refer to this rich solution of platelets as “Platelet Rich Plasma”. Then, this “supercharged” solution can be targeted directly into the damaged area. The PRP can be injected alone or in combination with Stem Cells.
Ideally, the first Prolotherapy treatment employed for the treatment of a damaged joint would include the combination of Stem Cells with PRP. Subsequent treatments may be necessary, and these follow-up Prolotherapy treatments are usually with PRP alone.
The use of Prolotherapy in the healing process first started being employed in the surgical community when surgeons recognized that they could achieve much better results in various types of surgeries with respect to both speed of recovery and successful outcomes. In particular, with bone grafts and tendon repairs PRP has been introduced at the time of surgery to promote optimal healing results. These benefits have been well documented in the scientific literature. More and more high-level professional and amateur athletes are turning to these treatments early on after an acute injury (and during their surgeries) to hasten their return to the competitive arena. They want to take advantage of all possible benefits that will help them resume their competitive form, and more and more team doctors and trainers are turning to these treatments on a regular basis now