Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) concentrate is a component of your blood that contains special factors or proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth. Chemicals released (cytokines) and growth factors encourage healing and result in a reduction of inflammation.
With that concept doctors are using PRP Therapy to kick start the patient’s own healing system and ultimately reduce the pain. It is widely used in injuries of the musculoskeletal system,i.e joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It may be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a multidisciplinary treatment protocol.
A PRP concentrate is easily prepared in a laboratory or office-based setting once you have the correct equipment is available to use. The FDA has multiple such approved devices. PRP treatments themselves, because they use a person’s blood and are not considered to be “drugs,” the treatments are not subject to FDA approval before they can be used by practitioners