PRP or PRP Prolotherapy is a treatment for acute or chronic musculoskeletal injury or pain. The main difference between PRP Prolotherapy and dextrose Prolotherapy is the solution being used.
The use of concentrated growth factors is considered by many to be an exciting and new cutting edge therapy that can stimulate tissue repair, and regenerate weakened torn or damaged ligaments, ligaments and joints.
PRP is derived from your own blood. After filtering out the rest of the cells and plasma, a small amount of platelets remain. This highly concentrated amount of platelets — from 3 to 10 times that of normal blood — can be injected into the damaged areas and catalyze the growth of new soft-tissue.
Blood platelets contain potent growth factors necessary to begin tissue repair and regeneration at the injury site. Concentrated platelets contain large reservoirs of growth factors that have the potential to greatly accelerate the normal healing process, naturally.
Most organizations, and the physicians associated with them, that teach Prolotherapy and PRP agree that Prolotherapy should be tried first.
- It is less painful.
- It primes the area that is damaged, which PRP does not.
- It is less expensive
Since Prolotherapy can usually fix at least 80 - 85% of injuries, it is the first best choice. If healing is not attained with Prolotherapy, then PRP would be your next logical choice.
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