Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP
Using Your Body to Heal Your Body
The human body is designed to heal itself. Part of that design includes the presence of repair and growth factors circulating in your blood that go to work when old cells need to be replaced or when the body is injured and needs to repair the injury. We have learned that we can significantly amplify that healing effect by concentrating those growth factors and injecting them into areas of the body that need special attention. The beauty of using PRP is that the side effects of PRP injections are limited to the injection itself because the injection is created from your own blood so your body will not reject them or react negatively to them.
PRP is a concentration of the platelet rich plasma proteins that is derived from your own blood by processing it in a centrifuge to remove red blood cells. The resulting PRP is a wonderful product to boost repair and healing when it is injected back into a specific body area. For example, an injured knee is injected with PRP and this signals the attraction of healing products from your body like stem cells. At times ultrasound guidance is used to place the PRP exactly where it is needed.
The platelets collected in PRP are activated by the addition of calcium chloride, which induces the release of these healing factors from the alpha granules of the platelet.
Benefits of PRP
Let’s explore these a bit more so you can understand the benefits you can receive from a concentrated boost of your body’s own healing factors!!
- Enhances sexual function in men and women
- Reduces or eliminates urine incontinence in women
- Accelerates growth of collagen to reduce facial wrinkles, treat acne scars, minimize nasolabial folds
- Decreases pain and improves function of an inflamed painful joint like a knee or hip – think osteoarthritis or a sports injury
- Helps reduce pain and improves function from injuries like a strained tendon or muscle – heel spurs, rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, bursitis, and others
Enter our PRP injection – The Renew “O So Good Shot”
Why do we call it the O So Good Shot? Because it has so many regenerative and healing applications in the body! Let’s explore each of these areas that the “O So Good Shot” can help.
Sexual Enhancement – Urinary Incontinence – In women with urinary incontinence issues. Injection of the PRP in the area under the urethra helps build collagen and can decrease or minimize urine loss with straining, coughing, or sneezing. This can be very beneficial when these issues arise during exercise sessions, etc.
Cosmetic and Dermatologic Procedures – PRP is hugely beneficial in procedures to stimulate new collagen growth which unfortunately decreases with aging. Collagen is the scaffolding or structure that supports the skin and as it diminishes the aging changes become progressively more apparent. Unfortunately we accelerate this process over time by normal daily activities like whistling, drinking from a straw, frowning, prolonged exposure to sun, smoking, and even worse – the poor nutrition of the highly processed standard American diet. This leads to the less than desirable appearance of wrinkles, tear troughs, nasolabial folds and others. It also helps with treatment of acne scars! PRP stimulates new collagen growth and helps minimize wrinkles and rejuvenates the face, hands, and other skin areas to erase years from your appearance.
Osteoarthritis and Joint Injuries – These are a huge issue as are sports or work injuries. Inflamed painful joints interfere with our daily function. We can’t work, we can’t walk well, we can’t play sports, we can’t play with our grand kids, it even interferes with intimacy in a relationship! Unfortunately joints often don’t heal well, as they have a poor oxygen and blood supply, especially as we age. This can slow recovery and healing to a snails pace. More studies are emerging that PRP helps improve joint lubrication, decreases pain, and can even help to rebuild cartilage damaged by years of overuse or injured in an athletic or work event.
PRP therapy to treat osteoarthritis theorizes that the platelet-rich plasma might:
- Inhibit inflammation and slow down the progression of osteoarthritis1
- Stimulate the formation of new cartilage2
- Increase the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint, thereby easing painful joint friction3
- Contain proteins that alter a patient’s pain receptors and reduce pain sensation4
The healing growth factors and other cytokines present in PRP include:
- platelet-derived growth factor
- transforming growth factor beta
- fibroblast growth factor
- insulin-like growth factor 1
- insulin-like growth factor 2
- vascular endothelial growth factor
- epidermal growth factor
- Interleukin 8
- keratinocyte growth factor
- connective tissue growth factor
Call Renew today at 217-864-2700 to schedule your complimentary regenerative treatment assessment.
We look forward to helping you improve your health and live your best life.
- Van Buul GM, Koevoet WLM, Kops N, et al. Platelet-rich plasma relea- sate inhibits inflammatory processes in osteoarthritic chondrocytes. Am J Sports Med. 2011;39:2362–2370.
- Drengk A, Zapf A, Sturmer EK, et al. Influence of platelet-rich plasma on chondrogenic differentiation and proliferation of chondrocytes and mes- enchymal stem cells. Cells Tissues Organs. 2009;189:317–326.
- Anitua E, Sanchez M, Nurden AT, et al. Platelet-released growth factors enhance the secretion of hyaluronic acid and induce hepatocyte growth factor production by synovial fibroblasts from arthritic patients. Rheuma- tology (Oxford). 2007;46:1769–1772.
- Descalzi F, Ulivi V, Cancedda R, Piscitelli F, Luongo L, Guida F, Gatta L, Maione S, Di Marzo V. Platelet-rich plasma exerts antinociceptive activity by a peripheral endocannabinoid-related mechanism. Tissue Eng Part A. 2013 Oct;19(19-20):2120-9. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2012.0557. Epub 2013 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 23578218.