What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy ?
Prolotherapy is an effective method in treating many musculoskeletal conditions – such as tendon injury, ligament sprains, back and neck pain, tennis/golfers elbow, ankle pain, joint laxity and instability, jogger’s heel, shoulder, knee pain and other joint pain.
Prolotherapy is a method of injection treatment designed to stimulate healing by causing temporary, low-grade inflammation at the injection site, raising growth factor levels and promoting tissue repair and growth. The activated cells in the connective tissue secrete collagen proteins that are used to maintain a structural framework for many tissues. It can be used years after the initial pain or problem began, as long as the person is healthy. Because Prolotherapy works to repair weak and painful joint areas, it is a long-term solution rather than a temporary measure, such as drugs or Cortisone.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy, uses a concentration of 94% platelets, which contains at least seven growth factors to enhance healing. Platelets contain a number of proteins, cytokines and other bioactive factors that initiate and regulate basic aspects of natural wound healing designed to stimulate healing. When platelet concentration increases with PRP, activated platelets “signal” to distant repair cells, including adult stem cells, to come to the injury site. Increasing the volume of platelets accordingly increases the subsequent influx of repair and stem cells.
Benefits of PRP Prolotherapy
PRP increases the initial healing factors and the rate of healing for chronic or long-standing injuries. The Prolotherapy itself (irritation, needle microtrauma) is what is “tricking” the body into initiating repair at these long-forgotten sites. This is especially important with chronic injuries, degeneration and severe tendonosis, where the body has stopped recognizing that area as “something to repair.”
PRP Prolotherapy has been practised in Singapore to treat patients over the last two years. The Ministry of Health Singapore has instructed that PRP injections be used in the context of ligament and tendon injuries. In other places, such as Korea and Malaysia, these PRP injections have been utilized in other conditions, such as skin rejuvenation, migraine, insomnia, anti-ageing, back pain or neck pain treatments.