The American Society of Hematology’s Blood journal states that platelets play, “a critical role in tissue repair and regeneration” and “regulate fundamental mechanisms involved in the healing process.” These properties have resulted in wide-ranging application of Platelet-Rich Therapy, from sports medicine (for nearly 100,000 athletes each year) to nonsurgical treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee — a condition suffered by 10-15% of people aged 60 and above according to the American Journal of Orthopedics and the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 separate studies by the British Association of Sports & Medicine established a reduction in pain scores and significant improvement in function for osteoarthritis of the knee at 6-month follow-ups. Furthermore, all studies in an abstract for the Journal of Pain Research reported that PRP was safe and effective in reducing back pain.
PRP Therapy, using platelet-rich plasma injections, are replacing more invasive orthopedic surgery in many instances for conditions ranging from soft tissue injuries (tendonitis, muscle tears, ligamentous injuries) to various joint afflictions, such as a torn meniscus or mild-to-moderate arthritis of the joint. A concentration of a patient’s own platelets accelerates the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems. Common conditions treated include tennis elbow, chronic Achilles tendonitis, or inflammation of the patellar tendon at the knee or jumper’s knee; osteoarthritis of the knee; pain in the shoulder, hip and spine; rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries; pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, as well as ankle and ligament sprains.
Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are prepared by taking from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
The European Association of Urology reports that regular and chronic Erectile Dysfunction (ED) increases with age. It can occur in young men, and increases from nearly 35% for those aged 60 to almost half of those over 70. One of the most frequently reported medical conditions in men, ED is defined as the chronic inability to achieve or sustain a penile erection.
According to the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, intracavernosal injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in animal models has shown improvement in erectile function in cases of neurogenic ED, which has been translated into human studies and an improvement in erectile function with no serious adverse events (as documented by Investigative and Clinical Urology).
PRP therapy for Erectile Dysfunction involves drawing some of your blood and placing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets — which are responsible for encouraging the growth of new cells and blood vessels — from the rest of the blood. The resulting concentrated solution of platelets is injected into the penis to make the area more sensitive and improve all aspects of sexual function including libido, arousal, and orgasm.
Evidence suggests that Platelet-Rich Plasma promotes the body’s natural healing process to help tissues in the penis better accept other therapies, to represent a safe and viable option as a supplementary therapy for penile rehabilitation with zero side effects, as concluded by an abstract in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
“Biologics are the Future of Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie’s Disease,” said Michael P. Zahalsky, MD in his presentation to the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, calling biologic injections such as PRP therapies, “the most promising development in the field of Male Sexual Dysfunction since the Invention of Viagra.”
-Michael P. Zahalsky, MD
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A medical condition called hereditary hair loss is the most common cause of thinning and premature pattern baldness, affecting about 80 million men and women in the United States. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that research demonstrates the potential of Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy for hair loss. A general body of evidence has recently emerged demonstrating a positive response from PRP treatments, with high success and satisfaction rates in certain hair loss patients, including those with hereditary hair thinning or baldness. PRP Therapy is now considered an effective hair loss treatment that may greatly improve the quality of life of millions of people.
Some in the medical community theorize that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft.
In a three-step medical treatment, the patient’s blood is drawn, processed and then injected into the scalp. After the blood is drawn, a centrifuge spins rapidly to separate the fluids of different densities into three layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and red blood cells. Then, only the plasma that is platelet-rich is used, drawn up into a syringe and injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.