Platelet Rich Plasma Injections semisportmed.com
Toronto SEMI is pleased to offer a brand new, very exciting therapy, for both chronic injuries, and, acute injuries where speeding up healing is a priority. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve withdrawing 20-60 cc of a patient’s OWN...
Toronto SEMI is pleased to offer a brand new, very exciting therapy, for both chronic injuries, and, acute injuries where speeding up healing is a priority. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve withdrawing 20-60 cc of a patient’s OWN blood. Next, the blood is processed in a special centrifuge, which separates the blood into various components. One of the components, PRP, contains a high concentration of blood platelets, and as a result, a high concentration of Growth Factors. The PRP is then injected into the damaged tissue. This is where the excitement begins!
What are platelets and growth factors?
Platelets are one type of cell found in blood. These specialized cells have many functions, including helping blood clot when you are bleeding, providing a ‘scaffold’ for tissue healing when injured, and producing a myriad of ‘growth factors’ that help the body heal itself once injured. Growth factors are compounds that are made by platelets, examples of which include Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), TGF-B (Transforming Growth Factor-Beta) and VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). These compounds are instrumental in attracting other cells that aid in healing, stimulating new blood vessel formation helpful in the healing process and promoting reproduction of cells necessary for healing. Processing the blood into PRP results in an average 4-5 fold increase in the concentration of these important growth factors. Thus, when injected into the injured tissue, a big ‘hit’ of healing compounds flood the injury, stimulating healing......