Ideal PRP harvest prepared with the Apex Biologix system, ready for use.
Notice the yellow color of the PRP concentration. A few red blood cells is all that is needed to give this syringe a red glow.
Not All PRP is the same
Patients may experience varying outcomes with PRP applications. This can be attributed to the system used to prepare the PRP.
To get the best results, the PRP system must significantly concentrate the platelets growth factors while minimizing red blood cell contamination.
Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Blood contains many components including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain growth factors which are important in the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma with a super-physiologic concentration of platelets. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater than baseline.
Does it work?
Many famous athletes — Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition.
Is it just for Athletes?
PRP injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery and are getting great results for patients of all ages. Whether you are an elite athlete or a “Weekend Warrior,” regenerative therapies including PRP are an effective and safe nonsurgical therapy to treat some forms of chronic pain.
What does it treat?
PRP therapy is effective in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, including:
Rotator cuff tears
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
Acute and chronic tendon problems
Chronic low back and neck pain from injured ligaments, tendons, and muscles
The final product for a popular system is filled with red blood cells.