PRP Injection Technique
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Technique
Ross Hauser, MD, Hauser M. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection technique. Journal of Prolotherapy. 2009;1(3):184.
This article provides the JOP reader with some basic information about Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP. PRP as a Prolotherapy proliferant has become increasingly popular in the pain management field. The basic tenants of PRP preparation and use in the Prolotherapy field are discussed.
What is PRP?
In basic terms, PRP involves the application of concentrated platelets, which release growth factors to stimulate recovery in non-healing injuries. PRP causes a mass influx of growth factors, such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor and others, which exert their effects of fibroblasts causing proliferation and thereby accelerating the regeneration of injured tissues. Specifically PRP enhances the fibroblastic events involved in tissue healing including chemotaxis, proliferation of cells, proteosynthesis, reparation, extra-cellular matrix deposition, and the remodeling of tissues. Bottom line here is that PRP helps the healing process