Platelet Rich Plasma / PRP is platelet-enriched blood plasma used in tissue regeneration therapies. Blood from the patient’s own body (autologous) is used to harvest the cytokine-rich platelets that are the building blocks of growth and regeneration. Using a special centrifuge technique to harvest the platelets and form the concentrate, they then undergo a process of activation and are injected into the site of the injury, thereby stimulating the healing of bone and soft tissue.
With a proprietary technique used at SIR, activated PRP comes from the stimulation of harvested platelets, which immediately releases the 20+ cytokines from the cell membranes that then attract all of the body’s cells to the treatment site to expedite healing. Activation results in immediate degranulation of the cells to release the growth and healing factors, thus improving treatment efficiency.
At SIR, this new minimally invasive biotechnological procedure to use PRP is performed with imaging guidance for the treatment of tendonitis and osteoarthritis of major joints. It turbocharges the body’s natural healing processes and enlists the body’s own biochemistry for rapid repair of the damage, usually taking only weeks instead of months or even up to a year.
In some cases, PRP may be combined with adult stem cells, from either bone marrow (BMACs) or fat tissue (ADSCs), to create additional healing properties. The effects of stem cells taken from adipose tissue (fat) and bone marrow are comparable, but the method of harvesting the cells may be a determining factor in deciding which source to pursue.