PRP is 1 of the 2 elements important for wound healing.
Signal substances (> 400 per platelet) control all cells in their environment.
If these are 'fat stem cells' or 'repair cells', this has a positive effect on wound healing.
If too few repair cells are present at the site of the damage, the wound healing not is optimal.
The strength of PRP
Studies showed PRP reduced downtime by 30%.
Recovery after 1 week without PRP looked something like this, with still quite a few bruises after 1 week.
With PRP added to lipofilling, one week after treatment the recovery is much better.
PRP against tendon & joint pain
Several of the studies show that PRP is a new promising method to help to cure complaints of sports injuries and worn joints.
The platelet plasma can be injected into the inflamed tendon or the worn joint fairly easily under local anesthesia. The growth factors then work through a combination of anti-inflammatory (leading to less pain) and at the same time more 'lubricating fluid' is produced, so that the joint can move better.
More than 2/3 of these patients reported a significant decrease in pain. Improvement often occurs 6 to 8 weeks after the first injection. Usually, 2 to 3 injections are given with an interval of 6 to 8 weeks. The effect of this treatment with 'only the signal substances' lasts on average 6 months to a year.
To date, Platelet Rich Plasma has not been shown to repair damaged cartilage. The beneficial effects are attributed to the anti-inflammatory effect and the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen. A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment has the most effect in combination with lifestyle changes, physiotherapy, weight loss, braces, and sufficient exercise.
If you would like to start with only PRP to reduce your symptoms or if you wish to maintain (or give a boost) the improvements achieved after previous treatment with PRS, click on 'choose your doctor' to find the doctor who can tell you more about it and do the treatment for you.
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Over the past 10 years, many peer-reviewed publications, written by our own research teams, have appeared on findings from the lab and clinical practice.