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The use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has gained popularity in recent years with the use by high profile athletes such as Tiger Woods and the Pittsburgh Steelers’s Hines Ward. The human body has a natural ability to heal itself from most injuries. A large part of this ability lies in the healing potential of the many growth factors found in our platelets, a component of human blood. The technological advancement in separation and concentration of a patient’s blood platelets for injection into his damaged body part, is an amazingly elegant tissue regenerative technology.
It involves the drawing of a small tube of blood, and the injection of the treated body part with concentrated platelets, boosting the patient’s ability to naturally heal his injured muscles, tendons, and joints.
What Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Do?
Some of the major growth factor proteins in platelet-rich plasma include transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF). TGF-beta stimulates cellular matrix growth, while VEGF accelerates blood vessel formation. Each growth factor has a particular role in tissue healing and regeneration.
Along with growth factors, platelet-rich plasma also contains numerous proteins that assist the body in building scaffolds to support the invasion of new cellular growth. Scaffold components include fibronectin, vitronectin and collagen. Since the healing components of blood have been concentrated within platelet-rich plasma, such plasma has the ability to greatly accelerate wound healing.
The clinical use of platelet rich plasma therapy is an exciting area of regenerative medicine. While it is very promising as a treatment for many conditions, especially in patients with tennis elbow, knee pain, and shoulder injuries, it is important to first discuss with your doctor what results to expect, and consider alternatives which may be also effective in your situation.
If you are suffering from aches, pain or difficult injuries and would like to find out how the regenerative effects of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is able to help you regain a pain-free life, call +65 6732 2397 or leave a message below for Dr Tan to discuss your condition further.