Thursday, October 22, 2009

Platelet-RIch: Defined

Question: What is contained in the Platelet-Rich compound that creates the "natural healing" element of the PRP therapy?

While Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is in its fledgling stages of development, "it has been shown in dozens of published studies to improve the healing of wounds, tendons and bone," according to, online home to PRP's leading developer Dr. Allan Mishra. The plasma is a concentrated dosage of platelets higher than the level your body would deliver to the injury on its own. This compound is created through a filtration system separating red blood cells from platelets that release proteins and other healing proteins. This separation process takes place following a small blood drawing from the patient. The red blood cells are rotated at high speeds by a centrifuge creating the division.

The Platelet-Rich Plasma is injected directly into an injury with a concentration of platelets 3-10 times higher than a blood stream can deliver on its own. Thus, the platelets are derived from the patients own blood creating an organic plasma compound that can most accurately be described as platelet-rich.

While the therapy is new, it has great promise and the majority of studies have concluded there is an obligation to discover the full healing potential of Platelet-Rich Plasma.

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