Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Our blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma. It also consists of three main solid components which include the red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots. They also consist of special proteins, known as growth factors, which help with our body’s healing process. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a high concentration of platelets and plasma. A normal blood specimen contains only 6% platelets, while platelet-rich plasma contains 94% of platelets and 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in normal blood, thus greater healing properties.
PRP is a relatively new method of treatment for several orthopedic conditions such as muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries; arthritis; and fractures. PRP injections can help alleviate painful symptoms, promote healing and delay joint replacement surgeries.
All PRP is Not Created Equal
The technique used for isolating and concentrating platelets has a direct impact on growth factor availability and functionality.
Test tube systems, Lab centrifuges and many other so called “PRP” Systems fail to achieve the threshold of platelet concentration and white blood cell composition required.
The Harvest PRP with SmartPrep System consistently and reproducibly generates the optimal platelet concentration that may help optimize the conditions for healing.